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US says Myanmar denial of ethnic cleansing is ‘preposterous’

Published : Wednesday, 14 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 185

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Myanmar's government was preventing the United Nations Security Council and other groups from travelling to Rakhine State because they want to ensure "no one contradicts their preposterous denials" of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
"This council must hold the military accountable for their actions and pressure Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge these horrific acts that are taking place in her country," Haley told a meeting of the 15-member council meeting on Myanmar.
French UN AmbassadorFrancois Delattre told the Security Council that a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar reported by Reuters "could constitute crimes against humanity," and called for the release of two Reuters journalists detained in the Southeast Asian country.
Deputy UN political affairs chief Miroslav Jenca said the Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and other reports of grave abuses "demand our attention and action".
He also called for the release of two detained Reuters journalists, telling the council: "The ability to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information is a barometer for respect for human rights more broadly."    Reuters

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