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UN official urges accountability for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Security Council meets to discuss ongoing crisis

Rohingya refugees cross a stream Tuesday from Bangladesh to a no man's land at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.   © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- The international community must take "swift and serious action" in response to the "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the U.N. envoy on sexual violence in conflict told Security Council members Tuesday.

"Over the course of three days, I heard the most heartbreaking and horrific accounts of sexual atrocities reportedly committed in cold blood out of a lethal hatred for the Rohingya community based on their ethnicity and religion," Pramila Patten said of her recent trip to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, where she met with Rohingya refugees.

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