An organization representing Burma's Rohingya Muslim minority has called on the United Nations to help stop what it calls "grave" human rights violations against the Rohingya population.
In a statement released Thursday, the Arakan Rohingya National Organization says Burma's military is starving the minority group by creating an artificial price hike in rice and other essential foods.
The organization also accuses Burma's junta of numerous human rights violations, including rape, murder, forced labor and confiscation of their property.
It says the government also discriminates against the Rohingyas in education and access to services and jobs. Human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned Burma for its persecution of its ethnic minority groups.