Suu Kyi words 'bode well' for bid for Myanmar probe — United Nations team
20 September, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Archie Newman
The reasons why more than 400,000 Rohingya have escaped over the border into Bangladesh have been well documented by human rights groups: the Myanmar army, responding to an August 25 insurgent attack, is carrying out deadly "clearance operations" in the western state of Rakhine, shooting civilians as they flee and burning Rohingya villages to the ground. Suu Kyi said she felt "deeply" for the suffering of "all people" in the conflict, and that Myanmar was "committed to a sustainable solution... for all communities in this state".
The leader of a team of United Nations human rights investigators said Tuesday that comments by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi "bode well" for its so-far unsuccessful efforts to gain access to the country now facing an exodus of Rohingya Muslims to neighboring Bangladesh.
Rohingya Muslims have faced persecution in Myanmar for decades, but attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces on August 25 sparked the fresh violence against the minority group.
"We want to find out why this exodus is happening".
Deen Mohammed Noori from the Bradford based Arakan Rohingya Organisation said the United Kingdom was continuing to provide military training to troops in the country, despite the wave wave of violence that has left hundreds dead, thousands of homes burned, and tens of thousands fleeing to Bangladesh.
"More than 50 percent of the villages of Muslims are intact", she said.
"I want to say that before Aung San Suu Kyi came (to power) we were living in peace".
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This failure stems partly from the legacy of the military regime, and partly from Myanmar's geostrategic significance and natural resources, which impel the country's powerful allies to ward off any effective UN Security Council resolutions against the state's grave human rights violations. All the while, the Rohingya crisis damages her credibility among those who campaigned for her release. Here's a look at the countries hosting Rohingya fleeing persecution over the past four decades.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, just hours after Aung San Suu Kyi failed to quell an worldwide outcry in a much-anticipated address.
Delivered in English without Burmese subtitles, her speech carried "a message that was for the global community", said Sein Win of the Myanmar Journalism Institute.
"If you are interested in joining us in our endeavors, please let us know", Suu Kyi said, adding "We can arrange for you to visit these areas and to ask (those who have stayed) why they have not fled, why they have chosen to remain in their villages". "Many people would have lost their documents in the fires, and many children were already unregistered", she said.
Human rights monitors have accused Burmese security forces and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes of launching campaign of violence, rape and arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population. China, India, and Russian Federation lend Myanmar unwavering support, and back the government line that the crisis stems not from extreme structural problems in the Myanmar polity but from Rohingya "terrorism" that destabilised a period of peace.
While Suu Kyi opened the door to the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, she failed to state convincingly how all of those who have fled burning villages could return to the violence-roiled region. So many people have died over the years and she has done nothing.
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