UN Chief calls for effective action plan to address Rohingya problem


US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy is expected to travel to Myanmar in the coming days for discussions on the crisis, after summoning Myanmar's ambassador to express US concerns on Wednesday.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said it is trying to defend the minority group from a long campaign of persecution and violence. "Combined with those who fled during the last round of violence in Rakhine State last October, it is estimated that some 40% of the total Rohingya population living in Rakhine state have now fled into Bangladesh". "I think many people around the world share that admiration". We want the lies and accusations of ethnic cleansing and genocide to stop so we're protesting together in front of the United Nations office here in Shibuya, Tokyo.

On a visit to London where he met British Prime Minister Theresa May and foreign minister, Boris Johnson, he told a news conference: "I think it is a defining moment in many ways for this new, emerging democracy". "We appreciate the hard and complex situation Aung San Suu Kyi finds herself in. We should give them our strong support", Tillerson said.

Emma Thompson, the award-winning British actor, has urged Aung San Suu Kyi to restore peace to Burma after the United Nations said it feared the worst was yet to come in the Rohingya crisis.

"Violence in Myanmar has created a humanitarian catastrophe".

Guterres repeated his call for "an effective action plan" to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region.

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

The Rohingya are a minority ethnic group located in Myanmar's western Rakhine state and are considered to be a variation of the Sunni religion.