Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar must stop

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Meanwhile, the United Nations appealed on Thursday for massive help for almost 400,000 Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh, with concern growing that the number could keep rising, unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce as "ethnic cleansing".

During a phone call, Trudeau stressed Suu Kyi's role as a "moral and political leader" for the nation, as he voiced his "deep concerns over the situation in Rakhine state for Rohingya Muslims", his office said in a statement.

The Burmese leader has faced mounting criticism over her response to violence against the mostly-Muslim minority in the country's Rakhine state.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar to end the violence, which he said was best described as ethnic cleansing.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said it is trying to defend the minority group from a long campaign of persecution and violence. It's been characterized by many as ethnic cleansing.

Tillerson stated that Suu Kyi has found herself in a hard and complex situation and that Myanmar's democracy is facing a defining moment.

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In a letter addressed directly to the Burmese leader seen by the Daily Telegraph, Ms Thompson wrote: "Few people have inspired me in my life the way you do. but I can not stay silent when women and children suffer".

Suu Kyi, who is the de facto head of government in the nation also known as Burma, said it was important that violations of human rights be addressed, the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor.

Violence in Myanmar has invited reactions from around the world.

Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces.

According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown. Since the Rohingya are considered to be illegal Bengali immigrants and were denied recognition as a religion by the government of Myanmar, the dominant group, the Rakhine, rejects the label "Rohingya" and have started to persecute the Rohingya.

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