United States stops short of admonishing Myanmar for attacks on Rohingya


"A commission led by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has recommended economic development and social justice to counter the deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the Rakhine state", she added.

Global organisations have condemned the "ethnic cleansing" and "cenocide" taking place in Myanmar troops and Buddhist mobs against Muslim minority group, the Rohingya.

Earlier this week, fellow Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai also called on Suu Kyi to condemn the violence, writing, "The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting".

"I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired", wrote Tutu, "but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya".

"Her unwillingness to speak out against the military crackdown, which came in response to insurgent attacks in western Rakhine State, has prompted some former admirers to suggest that Suu Kyi be stripped of the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991", the Washington Post reports.

Suu Kyi's office said that she told Erdogan that his deputy prime minister was a victim of fake news when he posted photos purportedly showing dead Rohingya that were not related to the crisis. The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread. A country that is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country'.

"We know very well, more than most, what it means to be deprived of human rights and democratic protection".

Despite Suu Kyi defending her government's handling of the growing crisis, Tutu urged his fellow Nobel peace price victor to intervene.

However, the organisation that oversees the coveted prize has said the honour can not be withdrawn.

Camps will be set up to provide aid for displaced Muslims inside Rakhine state, state-backed media said yesterday, the first time in a 16-day crisis that Myanmar's government has offered any relief for Rohingya scattered by violence, many to Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi on Tuesday blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" on the strife in the northwestern state of Rakhine but made no mention of the Rohingya who have fled.

By comparison, communal violence in 2012 in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, led to the killing of almost 200 people and the displacement of about 140,000, a lot of them Rohingya.