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Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions

Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions

She has invited diplomats to visit troubled areas in Rakhine State, from where more than 400,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled violence.

"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.

Faced with a powerful military keen to have martial law declared in Rakhine State where there has been an exodus of almost a half-million people in three weeks, Myanmar's leader, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya.

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.

"It is therefore very distressing that you have failed to live up to the reputation and beliefs we associated with you", said the letter.

Mohammad Salim Ullah, who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 2005 before coming to India in 2012, said, "Aung San Suu Kyi's has broken her silence only due to worldwide pressure".

Promila Sheel, 25, said she chose to flee to Bangladesh after her husband was killed by militia.

Suu Kyi sought to assure foreign diplomats gathered for her speech in Naypyitaw, the capital, that those who fled to Bangladesh would be allowed to return if they passed a "verification" process.

A dozen members of the security forces were killed and in response the military launched the crackdown forcing the civilians to leave their homes and killed many of them.

"In light of the ongoing violence in Burma's Rakhine State, the growing humanitarian crisis it has caused, and our deep concern about the human rights abuses that are taking place, we have chose to suspend the educational courses provided to the Burmese military until there is an acceptable resolution to the current situation", the spokesman said in a statement.

"After she came out of jail, Aung San Suu Kyi became part of the government, when they formed the government, after that the torture started (of Rohingya)". "We'd like to talk to those who have fled, as well as those who have stayed", Suu Kyi said.

Nyan Win, a central executive committee of the ruling National League for Democracy party, said as there are thousands of refugees in Bangladesh they need documents of their refugee status from Myanmar to accept them.

Many Rohingya living in India fled persecution in Burma in 2012.

Breaking her silence over the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said she and her government "condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence" in the country and does not fear global scrutiny on the situation in Rakhine state.

Anika said she was able to escape in the confusion and friendly people helped her get across the river Naf to Bangladesh.

There is overwhelming evidence that security forces are engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Cox's Bazar Assistant Deputy Commissioner and Executive Magistrate AKM Lutfor Rahman said out of a total of around 409,000 Rohingya in Ukhiya, 7,078 had been registered by the government by Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands more Rohingya were already in Bangladesh from waves of violence years earlier.


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