Will Aung San Suu Kyi step up to halt Rohingya crisis?


Will Aung San Suu Kyi step up to halt Rohingya crisis?

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who earlier this week canceled a planned trip to the UN General Assembly, has been heavily criticized for not speaking out against the violence in Rakhine State.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee should invite Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize victor and head of government of Burma, to come to Oslo to explain what she is doing to stop the massacre of her country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

The U.N. children's agency says up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled recent violence in Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh since Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in late August, and the military responded with "clearance operations".

The lawmakers called on Myanmar's government and leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to "condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities".

Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will raise the issue at the UN.

The violence has led to a humanitarian crisis on both sides of the border and put intense global pressure on Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi to condemn the army campaign, which the United Nations says amounts to "ethnic cleansing". The government claimed that there were intelligence inputs that some Rohingya were linked with militant groups in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat.

Zaw Htay said that the state counsellor would give a speech explaining her government's efforts at peace and national reconciliation.

"I urge all countries to do what they can for humanitarian assistance to be provided", Mr. Guterres said. "There is no Rohingya, only Bengali terrorists in Rakhine", said the tweet, a reference to Rohingya that suggests they come from Bangladesh.

The Rohingya, a majority of whom are Muslim, are an ethnic group in Myanmar where most people are Buddhist. She instead blamed terrorists for the attacks on Rohingya communitites.

More than 310,000 people have fled across the border into Bangladesh in less than three weeks with many more trapped on the border amid accusations of landmines being planted to stop their escape.

The United Nations has called for a massive intensification of relief operations to help the refugees, and a much bigger response from the worldwide community. "We can not rule out the possibility of security threat", Singh had said.

This photo taken on September 6, 2017, shows the bodies of Rohingya refugees being brought to the shore of the Naf River on a boat by fellow Rohingyas in Ukhiya, Bangladesh.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said, "No human rights organisation or no other country can accuse India of intolerance or dealing with Rohingyas in an inhuman manner".

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday described what was happening in Rakhine state as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".



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