Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar must stop

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The crisis has drawn global condemnation, with United Nations officials demanding Myanmar halt what they described as a campaign of ethnic cleansing that has driven almost 400,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state.

Arsa, which has few modern weapons, insists that it seeks only justice for the Rohingya, a stateless minority who have suffered decades of persecution in Burma.

During that meeting, Murphy told the ambassador that Myanmar should publicly acknowledge that Rohingya groups in particular have fled across the border into Bangladesh, a senior State Department official familiar with the conversation told CNN, and that those refugees should now be allowed to return home.

In a letter addressed directly to the Burmese leader seen by the Daily Telegraph, Ms Thompson wrote: "Few people have inspired me in my life the way you do. but I can not stay silent when women and children suffer". And we need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership, but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military share, power-sharing in that government that this is unacceptable.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A top U.S. lawmaker defended Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (Friday in Manila), saying Myanmar's under-fire leader had assured him she is working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims suffering a violent military crackdown.

"Violence in Myanmar has created a humanitarian catastrophe". Observers say the violence is being carried out by the Burmese military.

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

Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces. Since the Rohingya are considered to be illegal Bengali immigrants and were denied recognition as a religion by the government of Myanmar, the dominant group, the Rakhine, rejects the label "Rohingya" and have started to persecute the Rohingya.