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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that ethnic cleansing is taking place in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim minority, and the UN Security Council condemned the violence that has led almost 380,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh.

On Thursday, Tillerson directed the blame toward Myanmar's powerful military, which is responsible for security operations that have seen almost 400,000 people flee to neighboring Bangladesh in the past three weeks after Rohingya insurgents launched coordinated attacks on government forces.

He said Suu Kyi, the de facto head of the Myanmar government, said violations of human rights would need to be addressed.

"Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation can not yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", he told the United Nations forum.

The Security Council also urged the government to implement the recommendations of a commission led by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan calling for economic development and social justice to counter deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state.

Supreme Court will hear a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants - Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir - challenging the government's decision to deport the immigrants back to Myanmar.

"We don't love the military, but we are together on this one", said Nyan Win, a top official of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), who the country's former junta had detained for almost three years.

The diplomat said there will be pressure for more council action if Myanmar authorities do not change course. But China blocked a proposal from Egypt to add language on ensuring the right of return to the Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh, diplomats said.

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Speaking to DVB this morning, political analysis Maung Maung Soe said that the state counsellor should explain to the world what has been happening in Arakan State since Rohingya militants attacked police posts and an army base on 25 August.

Violence coursing through western Myanmar has sparked an exodus of hundreds of thousands of stateless Muslim Rohingya, generating global alarm at the blistering animosity fuelling a cycle of bloodshed in the region. If I have not missed anything, then please help me understand his absence from this most urgent of issues involving his followers.

Amnesty said it had detected at least 80 large-scale fires in predominantly Rohingya-inhabited areas since August 25, when the military's operation against insurgents began.

The administration has also thanked the government of neighboring Bangladesh for hosting the refugees.

"One is the current situation in Rakhine state".

The U.N. children's agency says up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled recent violence in Myanmar and entered Bangladesh.

On Monday, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights, said in a statement: "Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation can not yet be fully assessed ... but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".