Suu Kyi scraps UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

Suu Kyi scraps UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

About 1.1 million Rohingya were living in impoverished state before the latest outbreak of violence but they are not considered one of 135 official ethnic groups.

And where is Aung San Suu Kyi in all this?

Retired Bishop Tutu issued a letter to Suu Kyi, his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in which he admonished her for not speaking out, despite her own years as a dissident prisoner.

"What we know is what people are saying as they come across, and what they're saying now, given this been going on since August 25, is they are in an absolutely desperate state", said IOM's Leonard Doyle.

Much of her support base consists of racist, ultraviolent nationalists who are the primary perpetrators of violence against the Rohyingya population.

After a long struggle under house arrest against Burma's cynical military junta, she was allowed to run in the first elections there in 25 years, and won. "She does not have any idea how to handle this". Monks and their followers with full support from Aung San Suu Kyi and her so-called democratic government and the army personnel are killing Rohingya Muslims and burning their homes.

Why has Aung San Suu Kyi refused to speak up for Rohingya?

That tragedy unfolding in Asia can be halted if the United States were to exert its influence. Neither the White House nor the State Department has spoken out in recent days, raising concern among Myanmar supporters that the Trump administration has abdicated the direct intervention that marked the tenure of President Barack Obama. Obama made two trips to the country, and a year ago his administration lifted the remaining economic sanctions, including on the import of jade and rubies. He called Suu Kyi out by name, as well as Trudeau for failing to stop the violence.

A Myanmar government spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

On a moral plane, the Indian government can hardly hope to defend its stand given the fact that the Rohingya face an imminent threat to their lives in the wake of the ongoing "ethnic-cleansing" drives in the Rakhine State, Myanmar. But today the same world is anxious because of her joining hands with the persecutors of the Rohingya people.

A Myanmar reporter in the north of the state said he had reports from residents of an area called Rathedaung that six villages there had been torched and that there had also been shooting in the area. She emphasized that she is focused on speeding up development and economic opportunities to help alleviate some of the tensions.

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For months she was silent.

For Washington, which had invested heavily in Myanmar's success, the situation is a significant setback.

Smoke is seen on Myanmar's side of border as an exhausted Rohingya refugee woman is carried to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat.

Monirul Islam, the head of Dhaka police's counter-terrorism unit, said they had "taken appropriate surveillance measures".

The US Senate will vote on a defense spending bill next week that could expand the Pentagon's cooperation with the Myanmarese military, The Associated Press reported on Saturday. "This is a political issue", he said.

"There's a lot of distress that she would be willing to jeopardize the global support", Tom Malinowski, who was an assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights in the Obama administration, said of Suu Kyi.

She does not control the military. Since the emergence of ARSA, Suu Kyi's government has hardened its position on the Rohingya plight, saying that extremist elements pose a security risk.

"Prime Minister Trudeau needs to go further and make clear to Aung San Suu Kyi that unless her government ends the atrocities, Canada will do more than denounce abuses and needs to reassess Canada's bilateral relationship with Burma", said Farida Deif, the Canada director of Human Rights Watch.

Desmond Tutu's intervention comes as the United Nations refugee agency announced an estimated 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks.

Suu Kyi, who was once hailed by the global community for standing up to the Myanmar military, has taken nearly no action to put an end to the deadly violence against the Rohingyas.

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