Aung San Suu Kyi's head in sand over genocide in Rakhin: Amnesty

Faith Castro
September 20, 2017

But in her first public comments on the Rohingya crisis, she did not touch on the allegations of military atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority that were set off most recently after the Aug 25 attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts and an army base.

Regarding the many thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled for Bangladesh, she added: "We want to find out why this exodus is happening".

She said that she and her government "condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence" and insisted she felt "deeply" about the suffering of "all people" involved, pledging to find "a sustainable solution...for all communities in this state".

Over the past month, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Suu Kyi has come in for widespread global criticism for not speaking out more forcefully as more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims escaped the Buddhist-majority country into Bangladesh. Many have also called for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize for failing to put a stop to what the United Nations has described as "ethnic cleansing".

In an exclusive interview to ANI, the UNICEF Deputy Representative said, "She (Aung San Suu Kyi) is welcoming the collaboration with the worldwide community, and with the United Nations".

Rohingya Muslims have faced persecution in Myanmar for decades, but attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces on August 25 sparked the fresh violence against the minority group.

Aung San Suu Kyi said there had been "no armed clashes or clearance operations" since September 5.

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The Guardian quoted her as saying, "I am aware of the fact that the world's attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine state".

"We will abide by the criteria that was agreed on at that time", said Suu Kyi. "More than 50% of villages are still intact", she said. Action will be taken against all people regardless their religion, she says.

There have been allegations and counter allegations, will listen to all. "Burma is a complex nation".

The United States urged the Myanmar government on Monday to end military operations in Rakhine state, grant humanitarian access, and commit to aiding the safe return of civilians to their homes.

Annan was appointed by Suu Kyi to head a year-long commission tasked with healing long-simmering divisions between the Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine, one of the poorest states in the country.

Many reported that their villages had been burned down and that those who stayed were killed.

The UN investigator said over 400,000 people had sought refuge in Bangladesh in less than a month and almost 200 Rohingya villages in the affected area had been emptied. "People expect us to overcome all the challenges in shortest time possible", she said.

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