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Who do we believe - the United Nations or Suu Kyi?

21 Septembre 2017

CRefugees in the Falungkhali Rohingya refugee camp on September 19, 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

"While we welcome Suu Kyi's comments that returning refugees have nothing to fear, the USA renews our call on Burma's security forces to end their violence immediately and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution", Pence said. According to reports, the Rohingya crisis has left at least 1,000 people dead, including children and infants, with dozens of the Rohingya Muslims who drowned when their boat capsized while trying to escape on overloaded fishing boats ill-equipped for rough waters.

Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the Rohingya crisis on Tuesday and defended the security forces while criticism on her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows.

"The influx of refugees into Bangladesh left some of them at temporary refugee camps or on their own after the existing refugee camps became over-occupied, making it urgent to provide assistance for their basic life, including food, hygiene, drinking water and sanitation facilities", according to the ministry.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in northwestern Myanmar have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The refugees speak of indiscriminate clearance operations, huts set on fire and family members being taken away and never heard from again.

Paris: French president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said attacks on Myanmar's Rohingya minority amounted to "genocide".

Pence also spoke about how the violence in Myanmar is a ideal example of the kind of problem the United Nations should help solve.

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Meanwhile US secretary of state Rex Tillerson raised the treatment of the Rohingya in a telephone call with Ms Suu Kyi - thought to be the first time they have spoken directly. "We condemn all human rights violation and unlawful violence", she asserted.

Jafar Arakane, a Rohingya refugee, also had his account suspended after posting news about the crisis on his YouTube channel's Facebook page.

Alam said Bangladesh had given proposals to Myanmar for talks on the Rohingya crisis, but did not receive any "favourable response".

India on Tuesday also asked the worldwide community to help Aung San Suu Kyi's government in Myanmar implement Kofi Annan panel's recommendation for "long-term solution" to the conflict in her country's Rakhine State. The "fake news" was "generated because the government is not allowing media access to the troubled areas", she said.

The Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

They also said they were running short of food since August 25, when Rohingya militants launched deadly attacks in Rakhine state, provoking a fierce crackdown by the Myanmar military. Most of the Myanmar population probably is uninterested in Rakhine State-at best.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared New Delhi's concerns over the situation in Rakhine during a meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi when he visited Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month. President Donald Trump has been less attentive to the country, also known as Burma.

Who do we believe - the United Nations or Suu Kyi?