Tutu implores 'beloved sister' Daw Suu to end violence in Rakhine

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2017

"In an e-mail response to news agency PTI's questions on the Rohingyas in India, the United Nations body said the principle is considered a part of customary global law and therefore is binding on all states, whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not".

Witnesses in Myanmar's Rakhine state say entire villages have been burned to the ground since Rohingya militants launched a series of coordinated attacks on Aug 25, prompting a military-led crackdown. But she said the worldwide community was wrong to view Rakhine state as purely a human rights issue.

This gathering (today, 10 September 2017) is to give a chance for us to express our solidarity with the Rohingya and others who are being subjected to such atrocities and violence in Arakan state, Myanmar. "But at the end of the day, because of humanitarian reasons, we will not be able to do that", Mr Zulkifli told Reuters, adding that no fresh refugees had been seen yet.

But the photographs sparked controversy on social media with many people who identified themselves as Myanmar Muslims saying they appeared staged.

He said they were hiding from the Myanmar military in the jungle, but it wasn't safe for them to return to their homes. "They also want to drive out Muslim people, and they accuse that all Muslims are migrants from Bangladesh".

I also met radical Buddhists in Rakhine and other parts of Myanmar who supported the persecution of the Rohingya and actively encouraged it.

"She (Suu Kyi) needs to translate the feelings shared by the world by doing something, which she should as a Nobel Peace Prize victor", he added.

"Today her silence fills the world with grief, " Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou told the rally.

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On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators - Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Republican John McCain of Arizona - issued a joint resolution condemning the "horrific acts of violence" against the Rohingya and imploring Suu Kyi "to play an active role in ending this humanitarian tragedy".

The first development is the petition that was forwarded to the Nobel authorities in Norway, pleading for the revocation of her Peace prize as the 386,000 petitioners believe that the Nobel peace laureate is "complicit in crimes against humanity".

"Here she is silent and she is not accepting that her government is responsible for this genocide". And as a regional power, India must answer the question: if it is driving out a stateless people, where does it hope to send them?

Suu Kyi said the situation in Rakhine has been hard for many decades and so it was "a little unreasonable" to expect her administration, which has been in power for 18 months, to have resolved it already.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the government was deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Rakhine state.

Ms Bishop said the government recognised the heavy burden placed on Bangladesh as a result of the conflict. He asked her to respond to the crisis.

He was among those calling for a special resettlement program for Rohingya forcibly displaced.

"We have a responsibility.to ensure that where those innocent people have nowhere else to go, that Australia offers them protection".

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