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UN Security Council to discuss plight of Rohingya

UN Security Council to discuss plight of Rohingya

Analysis of active fire-detection data, satellite imagery, photographs and videos from the ground - as well as interviews with dozens of eye witnesses - reveals that security forces set more than 80 separate fires in the country's troubled Rakhine State since fighting broke out on Aug. 25, according to an Amnesty press statement.

"We will file the affidavit in the Supreme Court on September 18", he told presspersons on the sidelines of a function here.

The violence in Rakhine and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader last year.

It has also demanded an investigation into human-rights abuses, as those who have fled Myanmar speak of rape, murder, and arson carried out by members of Myanmar's military and Buddhist mobs.

One Rohingya man said his village of Rashidong had been attacked six days earlier by Myanmar soldiers and police.

The Rohingya are one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities in the Buddhist-majority nation.

On Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein described the attacks against the Rohingya as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

A U.N. panel of experts defined it as "rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups".

UN Secretary General said the Rohingya in Myanmar has been facing a catastrophic humanitarian situation.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, has urged Myanmar to take back its refugees.

While the US and other Western powers have rebuked the military campaign, Beijing offered words of support ahead of the UN Security Council meeting.

The insurgents have declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire to enable aid groups to help but the government rejected it saying it did not deal with terrorists. Such statements have to be agreed by consensus and Russia and China have traditionally protected Myanmar from any action.

There are reports of villages being burned to the ground and the military deliberately targeting civilians, but access to the region is limited, so the reports can't be independently verified.

In the border town of Cox's Bazaar, existing camps already home to 300,000 Rohingya are overflowing, and families living on muddy roadsides are forced to fight over meagre food rations.