And the United Nations Security Council called Wednesday for Burma to end violence against its minority Rohingya community, as the number of refugees who’ve fled to neighboring Bangladesh reached 380,000. The U.N. has called a campaign of violence by Burma’s military—which has seen men, women and children killed and homes set on fire—a “textbook” case of ethnic cleansing. At the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres was questioned Wednesday by reporters.
James Bays: “Given the situation has got so much worse in the last week, do you believe this is ethnic cleansing?”
Secretary-General António Guterres: “Well, I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it?”
Guterres’s comments came as the Burmese government said leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York next week. More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Nobel Committee to revoke Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize.