Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

'Suu Kyi should help Rohingyas'

'Suu Kyi should help Rohingyas'

The other is Aung San Suu Kyi.

Some put the blame on the military but the government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi seems to feel that the military is wrongfully being blamed by the worldwide media for spreading what she referred to as "fake news" and that the blame should be put on Muslim extremists who are part of a terrorist network.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has expressed its horror at the the ongoing persecution of the Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar and shamed the country's de facto leader and one-time human rights icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. The outcry in Congress reflects the dismay and confusion of the stoic group of Suu Kyi's supporters in Washington that nurtured her throughout her more than 15 years under house arrest and protected her interests as her country emerged from military dictatorship to hold largely democratic elections in November 2015.

The only option is for the global community to mount pressure on Nay Pyi Taw, and shame Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, to treat the persecuted Rohingyas humanely.

The Nobel citation praised her "non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights", which the prize committee considered "one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades".

Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of the country has come under increasing pressure to act from the global community in recent weeks.

"Of course, our resources are not as complete and adequate as we would like them to be but, still, we try our best and we want to make sure that everyone is entitled to the protection of the law", she said during a visit by Indian Prime Narendra Modi to Yangon. It also calls on Suu Kyi to "live up to her inspiring words" and to "address the historic and brutal repression of the Rohingya".

"It is not just a matter of ethnic cleansing as you put it", she said. In retaliation, the security forces went on a spree of killing, looting and arson in the Rohingya-populated areas.

"We urge all in Burma including in the Rakhine state to avoid actions that exacerbate tensions there", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. The victims are Rohingyas, a Muslim minority that has been persecuted by the Burmese authorities with varying degrees of ferocity since the 1980s.

Dolly's Facebook account states that she studied at BEHS (2) Latha school in Yangon, Myanmar.

Thailand has also said it is preparing to receive people fleeing the fighting in Myanmar.

Even after Myanmar (Burma) gained independence in 1948, the Rohingyas faced no problem living there.

He said rehabilitation and development are important and the citizenship issue must be settled, but the first priority needed to be "the detoxification of unsafe ideology of extremism".

The pictures of several sword-wielding women wearing headscarfs and men in Islamic prayer caps, or "Kufi", setting a house on fire, which were published in one of the country's leading newspapers, were also shared widely by the military. Those who are harassing them "should remember Buddha", who would "definitely help" the Muslims, he said.

The U.N. migration agency allocated $1 million of emergency funds to aid humanitarian response in Cox's Bazar and the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund provided $7 million for those fleeing to Bangladesh.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, said more than 270,000 people had fled to Bangladesh, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings. Many have no shelter, and aid agencies are racing to provide clean water, sanitation and food.

"We have identified more people in different areas that we were not aware of", said Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for UNHCR, while adding that there could be some double-counting.

Bangladesh, which already hosted around 400,000 Rohingya refugees, has faced a fresh influx of refugees since the security operation was launched. Otherwise, he said, the violence could spread throughout Rakhine and around the country.

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