Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes to Aung San Suu Kyi

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According to International Crisis Group, ARSA and its leader have links with Rohingya groups living in Saudi Arabia and Salafist influence is growing.

The Myanmar government brands Rohingyas "illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh, and its repressive tactics as well as attacks by the government-allied Buddhist extremists have left thousands of people from the minority group dead and forced thousands others to flee their homes since 2012.

The organisation that oversees the Nobel peace prize said Aung Sang Suu Kyi's 1991 prize can not be revoked.

Suu Kyi received numerous awards from Europe.

The South African, a veteran of the fight against apartheid, said Ms Suu Kyi's "silence" was "too steep" a price to pay for her position and called on her "to be courageous and resilient again". There was a nationalist feeling too which worked against them.

Britain, Patel said, will continue to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable Rohingya who have fled into Bangladesh, providing over 55,000 people with food and protecting the most vulnerable, including women and girls.

"I think the government has many heads". The military regime offered to let her go overseas, but it was evident she would not be allowed to return.

Switzerland has been involved in Rakhine province, above all with humanitarian work, for six years, Seger said. Indeed, support remains consistent throughout Myanmar, political analyst Yan Myo Thein told Al Jazeera.

Though these social media reactions suggest that the people of Myanmar themselves are predominantly against the Rohingya, believing that they are Muslim terrorists, it should be noted that there is little proof to verify the identity of the commentators.

It appears Myanmar's generals, who effectively control the government of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have made a decision to ethnically cleanse the last of the almost half a million Muslims who live in the country's northern state of Rakhine (formerly Arakan), bordering Bangladesh.

But there is a more troubling question: is her long-declared commitment to universal human rights partial, a concern that does not and never will embrace the beleaguered Rohingya Muslims in this Buddhist majority country?

Protests against the treatment of the Rohingya were held in several countries, including Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), led by Attaullah Abu Ammar Jununi - who was born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia - launched its synchronized attacks against 30 police outposts in Maungdaw on August 25, hours after former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan presented comprehensive long-term solutions to solving the issues in Rakhine and integrating the local Muslim community (who self-identify as Rohingya).

Ms Hannah Beech, a colleague who has provided outstanding coverage from the border, put it this way: "I've covered refugee crises before, and this was, by far, the worst thing that I've ever seen".

"I certainly don't think it's illegitimate to ask that she be more vocal in her compassion for this really beleaguered population, but she inherited an absolutely terrible situation of Rakhine State", he said.

It had been hoped that the sufferings of the Rohingyas would come to an end when Aung Sun Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) came to power in 2015.

It is sad, and is hypocrisy in its worse form when our Sports and Youth Minister Khairy Jamaluddin urged the United Nations to convene a special session on the Rohingya crisis when the Malaysian government itself refused to debate the issue in our own Parliament session. We very sadly are sure that we will be hearing many more. But she seems no more sympathetic to the Rohingyas' plight than her jackbooted predecessors.

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.

Despite the pressure Aung San Suu Kyi defended her military's action in a phone call with Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan. Its mandate was flawed as it was limited to development, health and education in Rakhine and excluded human rights violations. "We told her story for 25 years and we don't like who she actually is". She became the darling of the West, known as The Lady, the underdog we loved to support, and with whom we could relate to that much more because she had read philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and married an English academic.

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