The United States says action must be taken against Myanmar’s military leaders whose operations have forced 500,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee into Bangladesh.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Thursday accused Myanmar’s authorities of carrying out “a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority”. She said this at the UN Security Council, which held its first public meeting on Myanmar since 2009, though it failed to arrive at a resolution.
Haley’s comments came as more than fifty Rohingya refugees were missing today after their boat capsized in driving wind, rain, and high seas.
The UN’s International Organisation for Migration said about 130 people were believed to have been on board. Bangladesh police said there were 27 survivors, 19 dead, and more than 50 missing.