Suu Kyi meets Tillerson, UN chief on Rohingya crisis

UK says Rohingya crisis'looks like ethnic cleansing

The UN says the Myanmar military is engaged in a "coordinated and systematic" attempt to purge the region of Rohingya in what amounts to a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The army said 376 "terrorists" were killed in fighting after the August attacks.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a Myanmar military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Rakhine State that a top United Nations official has described as a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for a credible investigation into allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims after a meeting with Myanmar's civilian and military leaders.

The internal army report based its findings on interviews with about 2,800 people from so-called "Bengali villages" - implying the Rohingya in Rakhine State are from Bangladesh, not Myanmar.

More than 615,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the country since August 25, according to aid agencies, pouring into neighboring Bangladesh, which has struggled to deal with the influx.

"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocities underscores why an independent global investigation is needed to establish the facts and identify those responsible", said Human Rights Watch's Brad Adams in a statement on Tuesday.

Measures proposed in the report to the global community to put an end to the violence include "sanctions on the individuals responsible for crimes in Rakhine, instituting an arms embargo on Myanmar, and referring the situation to the worldwide Criminal Court".

Tillerson held separate talks with the commander of Myanmar's armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

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The crisis erupted after Rohingya rebels attacked police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state, triggering a military crackdown that saw hundreds of villages reduced to ashes and sparked a massive exodus.

Secretary Guterres said, "the dramatic movement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh, is a worrying escalation in a protracted tragedy and a potential source of instability in the region, and radicalization".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought up his country's concerns about human rights and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines when he met with President Duterte, whose "war on drugs" has earned widespread condemnation for leaving thousands of suspected drug pushers and users dead.

"This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world", Trudeau told a news conference in Manila.

Suu Kyi's failure to speak out strongly over the plight of the Rohingya has widely damaged the Nobel Peace Prize winner's reputation as a stateswoman.

On Friday, the Burmese military replaced the commanding officer in Rakhine State.

The military said the investigation - which was led by Lt. Gen.

The human rights group called for a United Nations fact-finding mission and requested other independent investigators be given full access to Rakhine State.

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