Myanmar's Suu Kyi scraps United Nations trip amid Rohingya crisis

13 September, 2017, 16:24 | Author: Tabitha Byrd
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi scraps United Nations trip amid Rohingya crisis

In her first remarks... This year, her party spokesman said she would not be attending, although he said he was unsure why. She has been sharply criticised around the world for her inaction. "Perhaps she's got more pressing matters here to deal with", Aung Shin, the spokesman, told Reuters.

At least 313,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts, prompting Myanmar's military to retaliate with what it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

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The demonstration, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), saw dozens of protestors waving banners decrying the Myanmar military's ongoing crimes against Rohingya Muslims. But Myanmar authorities have denied that the security forces, or Buddhist civilians, have been setting the fires, instead blaming the insurgents.

The Dalai Lama is the latest Nobel peace laureate to speak out against the violence, which the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar says may have left more than 1,000 dead, majority Rohingya.

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"If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep", said Tutu, who became the moral voice of South Africa after helping dismantle apartheid there.

The military, which ruled with an iron fist for nearly 50 years until it began a transition to democracy in 2011, retains important political powers and is in full control of security. "We are not saying they should send troops there, but impose political and economic pressure", Khamenei said.

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At a public meeting held at the Numaish Grounds on Sunday, which was attended by several Islamic scholars and Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Maulana Hamed Mohammed Khan, the president of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Telangana and Odhisa) said that the Telangana Government should provide the Rohingyas with Wakf land in the city. Diplomats have said China and Russian Federation would likely object to such a move and protect Myanmar if there was any push for council action to try and end the crisis.

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