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ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

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Southeast Asian leaders must use an upcoming summit to hold unvarnished talks on Burma’s (Myanmar) treatment of the Rohingya, rights groups urged Wednesday, after a report by the bloc was pilloried for whitewashing the persecution of the Muslim minority.

The report, commissioned by ASEAN and leaked to AFP earlier this month, gives a glowing assessment of Burma’s repatriation efforts so far for Rohingya driven into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Burma’s military launched a brutal crackdown on the Rohingya in August 2017, causing some 740,000 to flood into Bangladesh with widespread accounts of rape, mass killings and the razing of their villages.

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