Suu Kyi words 'bode well' for bid for Myanmar probe — United Nations team

20 September, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Lorena Waters
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Suu Kyi said she felt "deeply" for the suffering of "all people" in the conflict, and that Myanmar was "committed to a sustainable solution... for all communities in this state".

With almost half of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population having fled the country in the past three weeks, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the crisis publicly for the first time - and called it a mystery.

Violence erupted on August 25 when a group of Rohingya militants torched police checkpoints in Rakhine.

Amnesty International said the Nobel peace prizewinner was "burying her head in the sand" by ignoring army abuses.

"We didn't understand a single word", said Cho Cho, who watched the leader's first speech about the fate of the Muslim minority along with tens of thousands of others in the mainly Buddhist nation. The military responded with what it called "clearance operations".

Suu Kyi used the term "Rohingya" only once in her speech when she referred to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a militant group.

"If Myanmar has nothing to hide, it should allow United Nations investigators into the country, including Rakhine State".

More than half of the more than 400,000 Rohingya who have escaped Myanmar's military crackdown live in makeshift sites without proper shelter, clean drinking water and sanitation.

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New York-based Human Rights watch released analysis of the latest satellite images on Tuesday urging world leaders meeting in NY to urgently adopt a resolution condemning the ethnic cleansing by Myanmar army. Here's a look at the countries hosting Rohingya fleeing persecution over the past four decades.

In this photo released by Myanmar Foreign Ministry, Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with U.S. State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Delivered in English without Burmese subtitles, her speech carried "a message that was for the global community", said Sein Win of the Myanmar Journalism Institute. "We fear that this name-calling will affect our children who will then for the rest of their life have to keep defending this tag", said Mr. Salim Ullah. I liked what she said. She invited the diplomats with visit villages that weren't affected so they could learn along with the government "why are they not at each other's throats in these particular areas".

She instead said the government needed to "listen to all of them" and "make sure that these allegations are based on solid evidence before we take action".

The ABC has obtained a copy of that agreement - struck in 1992 - after earlier violence against Rohingya living in Rakhine state triggered a similar mass exodus.

The claims emerged during a petition hearing at India's supreme court filed on behalf of two Rohingya refugees challenging a government decision to deport the ethnic group from India.

Human rights monitors have accused Burmese security forces and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes of launching campaign of violence, rape and arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.

The scenario was the same as the previous days, when many local people joined government agencies and NGOs to distribute relief goods to refugees in Ukhiya's refugees camps and nearby areas.



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