Countries hosting Myanmar's Rohingya fleeing persecution
Sep 20 2017
Suu Kyi, who decided not to attend the UN General Assembly in NY later this week, said she was "aware of the fact that the world's attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine" and that Myanmar "does not fear worldwide scrutiny", CNN reported.
"It was positive that she condemned human rights violations in Rakhine state but clearly she didn't go far enough to acknowledge that this is the military behind it", said Laura Haigh of Amnesty International.
A majority of those who have fled have made their way to Bangladesh with hundreds of thousands fleeing to other countries.
Suu Kyi has been strongly criticize by the global community for failing to speak up publicly for the stateless Rohingya or to urge restraint on the military.
Suu Kyi did not refer to the Rohingya by name, in keeping with the government's view that members of the ethnic and religious minority are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and not among the dozens of national ethnicities officially recognized by Myanmar.
"We had a lot of faith in her earlier but she has given us no guarantees and has not done anything to give us any hope that we can return safely".
That balanced approach is unlikely to satisfy rights groups, who say they have documented irrefutable evidence of the army's atrocities.
The 72-year-old also noticeably avoided using the word "Rohingya" - a term that lies at the centre of the caustic ethnic divide.
"This speech is very disappointing and could have been written by Myanmar's military", said Ronan Lee, a Myanmar researcher at Australia's Deakin University.
Suu Kyi also promised to provide humanitarian assistance to the communities affected by the violence.
Speaking Tuesday in New York, May said "this military action needs to stop". Northern parts of the state have been off-limits to outsiders. "There have been no conflicts since September 5, and no clearance operations". Weir wrote in an email from Bangladesh.
New maps of the damage show near-total destruction of the 214 villages seen in satellite imagery analyzed by HRW, with more than 90 percent of the structures in each village damaged.
Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain is suspending training support for Myanmar's military because of the treatment of the country's Rohingya minority.
The Security Council should impose targeted sanction and an arm embargo on Myanmar, the rights watchdog said in a statement.
"If Myanmar has nothing to hide, it should allow United Nations investigators into the country, including Rakhine state", Amnesty said.
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.
"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".
Suu Kyi said her government would act on the recommendations "within the shortest time possible".
The claims emerged during a petition hearing at India's supreme court filed on behalf of two Rohingya refugees challenging a government decision to deport the ethnic group from India.
Among the Rohingya refugees are more than 500 Hindus who fled the persecution in their homeland.
"Many came only with the clothes on their backs", Weir said. "They shot and stabbed people and dumped the bodies into the holes".