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Warning of crisis spillover

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United Nations UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. Reuters

JAKARTA (AFP) – The UN human rights chief warned yesterday that possible acts of “genocide and ethnic cleansing” against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority could fuel a religious-based conflict that spreads beyond the country’s borders. “Myanmar faces a very serious crisis – with a potentially severe impact on the security of the region,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said during a speech in Jakarta. Mr Zeid said Myanmar had enjoyed strong growth including a focus on socio-economic development in the Rakhine region, but that this could not mask “institutionalised discrimination” against the minority.

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