Suu Kyi tells U.S. lawmaker she seeks aid for Rohingya

16 September, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Myanmar leader cancels plan to attend UN General Assembly session amid Rohingya Crisis

The Burmese leader has faced mounting criticism over her response to violence against the mostly-Muslim minority in the country's Rakhine state.

Global pressure on Myanmar heightened this week after United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the violence seemed to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". "That must stop", he said. We all clearly understand that.

Meanwhile, Zaw Htay, a spokesman for Myanmar's Presidential Office, said the reason people abandoned their homes was because many were told to leave by family members who were involved in terrorist activities. They need our strong support.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: A top USA lawmaker defended Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (Friday in Manila), saying Myanmar's under-fire leader had assured him she is working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims suffering a violent military crackdown.

Violence in Myanmar has invited reactions from around the world.

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Britain and the United States have issued their clearest call yet for the Myanmar Government to step in and stop what the United Nations calls an "ethnic cleansing" operation in the country's west.

Guterres repeated his call for "an effective action plan" to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region.

Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces.

China and India might have commercial, economic and strategic interests in Myanmar besides New Delhi's general apathy and callousness towards Muslims but both Beijing and New Delhi must realise that by supporting Myanmar they would be doing injustice to a hapless community.

The Myanmar authorities have targeted Rohinyga civilians after an insurgent group attacked police and military posts in the northern Rakhine state.



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