Myanmar Government Trying to Protect Everyone in Rakhine State, Says Suu Kyi

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Suu Kyi did not refer specifically to the exodus of the minority Rohingya, which was sparked by insurgent attacks on August 25 and an army counter-offensive, but said her administration was trying its best to take care of all citizens.

Based on a conversation with Ms Suu Kyi once about the Rohingya, I think she genuinely believes that they are outsiders and troublemakers.

At a Mindanao business conference, Mr. Duterte said "human rights activists with all the hullaballoo" should look instead the Rohingya who are being brutalized in Myanmar and the Nobel laureate who was not doing anything about it.

"We will always remain the open and compassionate country we are".

Grossman said that Myanmar's proximity to China gives it geopolitical importance which makes the U.S. reluctant to criticize the security services' actions. "But as always, Canadians stand ready to help".

After a bloody suppressed "Saffron Revolution", in November 2010 Suu Kyi was released.

Yet today Suu Kyi's democracy is ailing.

Derek Mitchell, a former USA ambassador to Myanmar, told NPR that Suu Kyi's comments on the situation have not been helpful - she referred to some reports on atrocities as "fake news" - but that she has little ability to influence Myanmar's military operations against the Rohingya.

Hundreds have been killed, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority numbering around a million, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, while their villages still smolder.

Hemmed in by public sentiment at one end, Suu Kyi has also had to deal with an increasingly restive military.

The refugees say there is no policy for the community in Pakistan but it is not a burden here
Myanmar Government Trying to Protect Everyone in Rakhine State, Says Suu Kyi

"These people are hungry, starving to death together", he said.

For me, Aung San Suu Kyi was a heroine who was fighting not just for the future, but for justice for those who lost everything and became refugees in 1962/63. Since then, atrocities on Rohingyas in Myanmar have increasingly drawn attention in India. To spare the Rohingyas further suffering, such sanctions should be deployed again.

"Our government has never missed an opportunity to raise our concerns with the Burmese government, whether with the president, with Aung San Suu Kyi, or with the commander and chief", Alghabra said in May. On Sept. 11, the United Nations accused the military, which controls key parts of the civilian-led government, of carrying out "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" against Muslims, who call themselves Rohingya.

Trump, by contrast, does not appear to have spoken with Suu Kyi, who skipped a roundtable meeting of Southeast Asian leaders with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in May over scheduling conflicts. The military government offered her freedom if she left the country for good, but she bravely refused.

There are choices they have made that at the time they were made, they may in fact have made some sense - such as Barack Obama (and later you cringe at the very idea of it), and then there are choices they have made that make you reach for your pillow when you heard their name in association with Nobel Prize for the first time: the director of a poisonous gas factory Fritz Haber (1918 - chemistry), the inventor of lobotomy Antonio Egas Moniz (1949 - medicine), the war criminal Henry Kissinger (1973 - peace), or more recently the European Union (2012 - peace).

Fresh violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state more than two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya community.

Myanmar has said it is negotiating with China and Russian Federation to ensure they block any Security Council censure over the crisis.

So, there is a powerful argument in favour of accommodating the Rohingyas facing persecution in their home country.

Retired Bishop Tutu issued a letter to Suu Kyi, his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in which he admonished her for not speaking out, despite her own years as a dissident prisoner.

What is even more worrying is the deafening silence on the part of the Myanmar authorities, in particular from its pro-democracy iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi who shot into the global spotlight for her firm and unrelenting stance against the former military dictatorship.

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