Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip United Nations assembly to deal with Rohingya crisis

Postado Setembro 14, 2017

Burmese leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize can not be revoked in the row over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims, the Norwegian Nobel Institute has said.

"It is a matter of contempt and shame that they are compelled to leave their homelands under the threat of a government headed by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace in 1991 while she was under house arrest of the military regime", said E Abubacker, PFI chairman.

The United Nations had yesterday said that the situation in Myanmar is a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh topped 300,000.

Suu Kyi has canceled a trip to the U.N. General Assembly in NY next week to deal with the crisis.

Myanmar says its forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against terrorists responsible for a string of attacks on the police and army since last October.

A Myanmar reporter in the north of the state said he had reports from residents of an area called Rathedaung that six villages there had been torched and that there had also been shooting in the area.

The U.S. ambassador has met Myanmar officials to discuss "allegations of violence conducted by both the security forces and civilians" and access for humanitarian groups, she said. Many have no shelter, and aid agencies are racing to provide clean water, sanitation and food.

He urged Myanmar's government to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and allow the Rohingyas, who were stripped of citizenship years ago, to return home.

At least 313,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts, prompting Myanmar's military to retaliate with what it called "clearance operations" to root out the rebels.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on September 6 that New Delhi will grant free visas to Myanmar citizens wanting to visit the country.

Mamunur Rashid of the International Organization for Migration said the supplies would be enough to help about 5,000 of the roughly 370,000 Rohingya who have arrived in Bangladesh in recent weeks.

"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", Guterres said. While the government of Bangladesh is accommodating many displaced Rohingya, significant numbers of civilians are stranded along the border waiting for much-needed relief, while other communities in Rakhine have become internally displaced.

Before Aug. 25, Bangladesh had already been housing some 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled earlier flashes of violence including anti-Muslim riots in 2012.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Buddhist-majority Myanmar to bring the Rohingya back, while parliament passed a motion Monday night urging the United Nations and other countries to pressure Myanmar for their safety and citizenship.