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Myanmar rejects United Nations probe into crimes against Rohingya

15 Mai 2017

However accusations that Myanmar forces have conducted a campaign of mass killing and rape in Rohingya region have formed political tensions.

The announcement came Thursday, the same day that Pope Francis met with Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's top civilian leader.

Families poured onto Myanmar's streets in 2015 when her National League for Democracy won historic elections in a landslide, supposedly ending half a century of brutal military rule.

Since clashes began in 2012 between the state's Buddhist community and the long-oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority, some 125,000 Rohingya have been displaced, while more than 100,000 have fled Myanmar by sea.

Dressed in a yellow sarong and blue scarf - which bore a resemblance to the Vatican's official colours - Aung Sang Suu Kyi, who also wore yellow flowers in her hair, was this morning greeted by the Pope in the "saletta del trono" an ante-room where heads of state are normally met.

"We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution because we do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground".

But she has strongly denied this and in a recent BBC interview said people have claimed she has said nothing on this issue "simply because I didn't make the kind of statements which I should make, which is to condemn one community or the other".

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The announcement came as the Nobel Peace Prize victor, also the country's top civilian leader, visited the Vatican.

Firstly, what is actually happening on the ground is hard to know because Myanma security officials, according to Committee To Protect Journalists, has been obstructing and harassing reporters from covering crisis in Rakhine State.

Police said they would prosecute those responsible for the information, which has spread quickly on online social networks that have grown in popularity amid expanding freedoms and internet access in Myanmar.

Secondly, despite being in power for nearly two years, she hasn't herself addressed the "real needs" of the embattled region.

Troops are accused of widespread abuses against the Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority in what the government says is a counter-insurgency operation.

The gesture comes during the State Counsellor's tour of Europe, during which she has repeatedly been asked to answer for the Myanmar military's mistreatment of the country's ethnic minorities. The Rohingya face official and social discrimination in Myanmar, and majority do not have citizenship and are regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh even when their families have lived in the country for generations.

So, if Suu Kyi herself won't do anything and not even allow a United Nations probe, how does she plan to address the crisis?

Myanmar rejects United Nations probe into crimes against Rohingya