Malaysia says Myanmar violence against Muslim Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

"Please do something. The UN do something".

Before the latest violence broke out, Myanmar's de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in August formed a commission, headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, tasked with trying to solve the Rakhine crisis.

Since winning an historic election previous year, she has hardly spoken out on the issue.

"We really need help", Hussain said, "including from the worldwide community and the United Nations to immediately stop these mass killings and arbitrary arrests".

"The Bengali people who brand themselves Rohingya are not Myanmar citizens", Parmaukkha, a nationalist monk, told a small group of supporters protesting outside Malaysia's embassy in Yangon on Saturday afternoon.

Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya make up most of the population in the region of Rakhine. Since then, dozens of Rohingya have been killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes in a military crackdown. Global observers, journalists and aid agencies face severe restrictions of movement while trying to verify the claims in the area. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing.

The military's crackdown in Rakhine has also exposed the limits of Suu Kyi's power. But during a trip to Singapore this week she gave a rare interview in which she hit out at global criticism. But there is also recognition that her administration is somewhat limited given that the army still holds ministries responsible for security.

The plight of the Rohingya, once characterised by the United Nations as the world's most friendless people, has attracted the attention of Muslims since a spike in intercommunal violence in Rakhine in 2012 that left hundreds dead and forced more than 100,000 into squalid camps. There are more than 50,000 Rohingya in Malaysia, where critics point out that they face discrimination and live on the margins of society.

As SEC Championship Game fans visiting from Alabama and Florida looked on, Hussain's fellow demonstrators marched up and down the sidewalks around the CNN Center, chanting "Stop killing Rohingya!" and "Stop genocide right now!" He said he had asked Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to stage a similar rally in Jakarta to put the pressure on Myanmar, because he said the charter of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to which all three countries belong, ensures the protection of human rights.

Hundreds of people - including Buddhist monks - joined the anti-Malaysia protest in Yangon on Sunday, carrying signs reading: "Be careful of two countries' relation, Malaysian Prime Minister".

She added that if Najib's government really cared for the Rohingya, they would "reexamine their own treatment of the community within Malaysia".

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