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Archbishop Tutu slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

13 Septembre 2017

Around 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge to the neighboring country, Bangladesh.

But many of those who have fled say troops responded to attacks by Rohingya militants with the brutal campaign of violence and burning of villages aimed at driving them out.

He continued: "The second reason is, there are people inciting riots in some areas".

"The numbers are so alarming - it really means that we have to step up our response and that the situation in Myanmar has to be addressed urgently". They are a people who have lived through decades of crushing persecution at the hands of a vindictive military, which is now led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

The United States, a principle backer of Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government that came to power in Myanmar past year, said there had been shortcomings on the part of Myanmar security forces and the government in dealing with the situation.

However, rights groups denounced the 15-member council for not holding a public meeting. Russian Federation and China did not send any diplomats, according to people at the meeting.

What is even more worrying is that the plight of the Rohingya will follow the same farcical and inhuman path that so many Syrians have suffered recently: that is, both Russian Federation and China might once again use their veto power to protect the government of Myanmar from censure and condemnation at the UN Security Council.

The outcry in Congress reflects the dismay and confusion of the stoic group of Suu Kyi's supporters in Washington that nurtured her throughout her more than 15 years under house arrest and protected her interests as her country emerged from military dictatorship to hold largely democratic elections in November 2015.

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States was "deeply troubled by continued reports of attacks against innocent civilians and will continue to urge (Myanmar) security forces to respect those civilians as it conducts security operations".

"If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep", Archbishop Tutu said in an open letter released on Thursday. The Rohingya who have sought safety in Bangladesh in recent weeks are telling eyewitness stories of ethnic cleansing and mass shootings of civilians by the Myanmar military. We have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens. "We do need to solve this problem at the source".

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According to authenticated and credible reports from Myanmar an on-going genocide of the Rohingya, a minority ethnic civilian population which includes vulnerable women, children and babies in the Rakhine State, is taking place.

"While most of Rohingya refugees arrive on foot, mostly walking through the jungle and mountains for several days, thousands are braving long and risky voyages across the rough seas of the Bay of Bengal". Many Buddhists hate Rohingya and label them "Bengali" illegal immigrants.

"This is a humanitarian crisis and very sensitive issue".

"Part of this is the fault of the worldwide community", said Erin Murphy, a former State Department adviser who accompanied then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the country in 2011.

"They are in a desperate, absolutely desperate humanitarian state, without enough to eat". Myanmar may be mishandling the Rohingya issue but its complexity should not be downplayed by critics. But it would seem the plan is unlikely to be accepted there. Human Rights Watch has analyzed satellite images that indicate Rohingya villages in northern Myanmar are being systematically burnt down.

"If safety can not even be found in area capitals, then no place may be safe", said Phil Robertson, the group's deputy Asia director. Also, the junior minister forcefully argued that the Rohingya must be deported "to ensure the demographic pattern of India is not disturbed". It was not clear who was responsible. Aung San Suu Kyi's denialism and lack of leadership and courage to try to reign in the Myanmar military from committing human rights abuses against the Rohingya is a disgrace to humanity and conduct unbecoming of a Canadian.

Murphy called for implementation of recommendations of a commission led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan set up to find solutions for the ethnically and religiously divided Rakhine.

"She received it I believe on values of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law", she said, wondering why the political leader isn't speaking up against the violence. "It needs to be addressed".

Malaysia's coastguard said it was willing to offer Rohingya temporary shelter, although it is unlikely refugees would travel hundreds of kilometers south by sea during the monsoon season, which lasts until late November.

Nevertheless, the committee has said it only awards people for the roles and does not revoke for their actions afterwards.

Archbishop Tutu slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis