Global pressure mounts on Myanmar after Suu Kyi's speech

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

After weeks of silence as Burmese military mercilessly slaughtered Rohingya Muslims and burned their villages in the country's Rakhine state, Myanmar's de-factor leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi finally addressed the crisis dubbed as the "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" by the United Nations.

A large government official in Myanmar said on Tuesday that thousands of Rohingya Muslims are surrounded by hostile Buddhists in the northwest who have enough food and will not be allowed to leave safely from two remote villages as they requested. "We feel deeply for the suffering of all people who have been caught in the conflict", Suu Kyi said in her address.

She continued: "We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state".

The Government is to end its training of Myanmar's military amid the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis, according to Sky sources.

In a round of TV interviews in New York, Mrs May said the United Kingdom was "very concerned" about what was happening to the Rohingya people Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.

At a meeting of Islamic nations on the sidelines of the UN assembly, Hasina said Yangon was spearheading a state-sponsored propaganda campaign to call the Rohingya "Bengalis", adding that they must be given Myanmar citizenship.

The U.S. has been gently prodding the government in Myanmar, especially head of state Aung San Suu Kyi, to do more to quell the violence between its security forces and a small Rohingya rebel group in the western state Rakhine. "I said, 'It's doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar, '" Hasina told Reuters.

More than 400,000 Rohingya have escaped Myanmar, also known as Burma, into Bangladesh since the military responded to an August 25 insurgent attack by carrying out deadly operations in the western state of Rakhine, human rights groups said.

Since her address. leaders and diplomats from several countries expressed strong disappointment with her stance. The letter continued chiding Suu Kyi for her inaction, saying "We know you have in the past aspired to promote similar tolerance and inclusion in Myanmar".

Senator Wong praised her for recognising the importance of upholding human rights and for having an openness to global observers.

South Korea also expressed "deep concerns" over the insurgency and vowed to cooperate with the worldwide community, including Bangladesh and the Myanmar government, to solve the issue.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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