The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities.
The 193-member general assembly voted 134-9 with 28 abstentions in favor of the resolution.
The world body also calls on Myanmar’s government to take urgent measures to combat incitement of hatred against the Rohingya and other minorities in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states.
General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long considered the Rohingya to be “Bengalis” from Bangladesh even though their families have lived in the country for generations.
Nearly all have been denied citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless, and they are also denied freedom of movement and other basic rights.