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The UN Security Council has unanimously called for an end to military action against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Since the end of August, more than 600.000 people have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.
The UN body ied a strong condemnation of the violence in New York on Monday. Council agreed on a presidential statement that is not legally binding. Britain, France, the U.S. and other states had initially pushed for the Council to adopt a resolution that would be binding under international law. However, veto power China threatened to block a resolution.
UN urges respect for human rights
The UN body also demanded that Myanmar's leadership respect human rights in Rohingya settlement areas, respect rule of law principles and allow humanitarian workers access to people in need. All crimes such as sexual violence would have to be punished.
Campaign against the Rohingya
The Rohingya are systematically discriminated against and persecuted in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, denied citizenship. Since the start of the recent campaign against the Rohingya, the U.N. secretary general and U.N. bodies have called for an end to the violence.