How to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing 'genocide' in Burma

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It is the first time the government has offered to provide relief for a minority who are on the move in huge numbers. She also holds the position of foreign minister. Worldwide pressure has been mounting on Myanmar as a result.

Unless Myanmar's security forces end their brutality in Rakhine and the government of Aung San Suu Kyi adopts a political response to the crisis, increasing numbers of Rohingya are likely to swing their support to the militants. My answer is no. Our Act East policy has the strategic objective of building closer ties with the economically dynamic Asian countries with which we have had intimate civilisational ties historically. They must cease immediately.

But on the issue of the Rohingya, Ms Suu Kyi must tread especially carefully.

But the photographs sparked controversy on social media with many people who identified themselves as Myanmar Muslims saying they appeared staged.

The United States has been facing global condemnation due to its failure to censure Myanmar's de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi over her complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the Muslim-majority Rakhine region. This is misguided, misinformed - or at the very least, premature. In the midst of this crisis, India is pursuing a cruel plan to deport the 40,000 Rohingya who have taken refuge there. Some don't survive the journey.

"I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, 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", wrote Tutu in an open letter to the Myanmar leader.

In an earlier statement made to news agency Reuters, Htay said he was unsure precisely why Suu Kyi was not attending, but stressed that "she's never afraid of facing criticism or confronting problems", adding that "perhaps she's got more pressing matters here to deal with".

Aung San Suu Kyi and her party are struggling to keep their heads above water, as the humanitarian crisis involving the Rohingya people has left her country externally beleaguered and internally inert.

Army generals see themselves as saviours of the country.

Trump administration officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Kyaw Zeya, spokesperson of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's Foreign Ministry, told local media on Tuesday that Vice President Henry Van Thio will instead attend the NY meeting later this month. The effect of a stumble could be catastrophic for all. "She should stay in the country", said U Thiha Thway. "It seems to me that she has convinced herself that to be a successful politician, she has to give up being a moral icon". But she must find a political way through an nearly impossible dilemma.

She vowed to find a solution to ethnic and religious hatreds in Rakhine "that will lead to peace, stability and development for all communities within the state". Wirathu praised Ms Suu Kyi as the "mother of the nation" and told me she had visited his monastery in the northern city of Mandalay shortly after her release in 2010.

Bangladeshi border guards block people from crossing. The report also recommends steps toward fostering reconciliation between all in Rakhine state, to address the deep-seated, centuries-old mistrust that can not easily be waged away.

Khan said the Rohingya's wait on the Myanmar border to take fishing boats to Teknaf in Bangladesh. He called Suu Kyi out by name, as well as Trudeau for failing to stop the violence. The military is the real power in northern Rakhine state, along the border with Bangladesh, where access is tightly controlled. She needs the military and police to professionalize and work to contain and not inflame the violence. Rakhine Buddhists, feeling unsafe after the upsurge in fighting, are moving south to the state's capital, Sittwe, where Buddhists are a majority and have greater security.

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