Suu Kyi treads fine line on Rohingya tragedy

"Human rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and harmony and undermine the rule of law will be addressed in accordance with strict laws and justice", Suu Kyi said in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, in her first speech since recent violence erupted in the country's northern Rakhine state.

So far Suu Kyi has resisted but reports in Myanmar have said there is fresh pressure on President U Htin Kyaw to convene a meeting of the 11-member National Defence and Security Council (NSDC).

Faced with a powerful military keen to have martial law declared in Rakhine State where there has been an exodus of almost a half-million people in three weeks, Myanmar's leader, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya.

"Only a tiny number of (Myanmar people) would understand English, but they are all eager to hear her and show solidarity", Sein Win said.

Mohammad Salim Ullah, who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 2005 before coming to India in 2012, said, "Aung San Suu Kyi's has broken her silence only due to global pressure".


When she says that 50 per cent of the Muslim villages are still present in Rakhine state, what are we talking about?

In her speech, Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize victor for her non-violent resistance to the military junta that used to rule Myanmar, did not mention the Rohingya specifically and only used the term in reference to the "Rohingya Salvation Army".

"In light of the ongoing violence in Burma's Rakhine State, the growing humanitarian crisis it has caused, and our deep concern about the human rights abuses that are taking place, we have chose to suspend the educational courses provided to the Burmese military until there is an acceptable resolution to the current situation", the spokesman said in a statement. If what she said is not a lie then let the world media in, so that they can see whether we are tortured or we are happy.

In a nationally televised speech on Tuesday, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed to punish the perpetrators of human rights violations in Rakhine, but did not address United Nations accusations of ethnic cleansing by the military. "They are as they were before the (Aug. 25) attacks took place", she said.

In her nationwide address, Suu Kyi insisted that army "clearance operations" in response to attacks by Rohingya militants had finished on September 5 and denied that Rakhine was in flames.


The scale, scope, and timing of the burnings, many of which occurred after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya had already fled, is inconsistent with army's claim that Rohingya Muslims set their homes to fire.

Spokesman Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration says an estimated 20,000 people are flowing across Myanmar's border into Bangladesh every day.

Anika said she was able to escape in the confusion and friendly people helped her get across the river Naf to Bangladesh.

The rights group blasted Suu Kyi for remaining "silent about the role of the security forces", whom they have accused of being "engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing".

"Many came only with the clothes on their backs", Weir said. Hundreds of thousands more Rohingya were already in Bangladesh from waves of violence years earlier.



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