Myanmar violence may have killed more than 1000

Marsha Scott
September 11, 2017

"Aung San Su Kyi will definitely implement (the citizenship recommendation) under the Annan commission", said Sithu Aung Myint, "but it will be hard for her because the military does not want it".

"Australia's engagement with Myanmar's military, including this visit, allows the Australian Defence Force to reinforce the role of a professional defence force in a modern democracy", then Acting Defence Minister George Brandis said.

Diplomatic sources in Dhaka and Washington say such gentle persuasion on Myanmar doesn't appear to be working.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday that her government was doing its best to protect everyone in Rakhine.

It adds to the increasing global criticism the de facto leader of Myanmar - also known as Burma - has faced over her handling of the situation facing Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state. All this time, the Bangladesh government has been quiet, not unlike the present situation.

He observed that Bangladesh is showing maximum restraint and remain unprovoked as it is trying to resolve the crisis peacefully with Myanmar.

Human rights groups are equally appalled.

Protesters rallied Friday in Jakarta, shouting "God is great", while in Tokyo, police had to separate those who support the Rohingya from counterprotesters who call them terrorists.

Yet to ignore the constraints of the political matrix within which Suu Kyi is operating would be a mistake.

The crisis is triggered by Muslim extremists' violent attacks against Myanmar's governmental forces, and the latter were pressured to take retaliatory actions.

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United Nations investigators said the human rights violations indicated crimes against humanity.

In his statement, Bank invoked the Holocaust and the idea that Jews have a deep understanding of the horrors of genocide and of being a persecuted ethnic minority.

Public opinion among Myanmar's Buddhist-majority population has been stacked against the Muslim minority in Rakhine since 2012, when violence between the groups left at least 200 dead.

Getty Images Rohingya Muslim refugees sleep under a makeshift shelter in a clearing in a forest after crossing the border from Myanmar on September 8, 2017 in Gundum, Bangladesh.

Some have called for the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy to be revoked. Also Suu Kyi couldn't become president because both her sons hold foreign passports, a violation of the constitutional norm that require the head of state, their spouse and children to be Myanmar citizens.

The US Senate will vote on a defense spending bill next week that could expand the Pentagon's cooperation with the Myanmarese military, The Associated Press reported on Saturday. There are reports of villages being burned to the ground and the military deliberately targeting civilians, but access to the region is limited, so the reports can't be independently verified. "What a bad signal to be sending".

Melbourne's Rohingya community has called on Australia and the United Nations to do more to end the violence in the Rakhine state of western Myanmar. "Aung San Suu Kyi fails to do".

Her one exception has been the Rohingya, who are different in one key respect: They are not Buddhist.

This week another honorary Canadian citizen and Nobel Peace Prize victor, girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai, publicly condemned Aung San Suu Kyi's feeble leadership in protecting the Rohingya.

The Refugees International, an independent humanitarian organisation, accuses the military in Myanmar of blocking life-saving aid and rights abuses, "which we believe amount to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

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