Suu Kyi skips UN General Assembly amid criticism over Rohingya

Suu Kyi skips UN General Assembly amid criticism over Rohingya

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called off plans to attend the UN General Assembly session in NY later this month amid growing outrage over the unfolding Rohingya crisis.

The exodus of refugees, sparked by security forces' fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar's leader a year ago.

Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize laureate, has come under intense criticism for not speaking out over the violence.

"We will not tolerate injustice", she said at a rally at the Kutupalong refugee camp, near the border town of Ukhiya.

"Turkey is determined to build temporary shelters and camps to support the children, women, elderly and families in the area", he said on Tuesday.

In Myanmar, the government and Red Cross are also delivering assistance, but activities of United Nations agencies and global organizations across the country's northern Rakhine State are mostly suspended or severely interrupted.

"We are alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces' consent", a White House statement issued last Monday said.

But anti-Rohingya sentiment is common in Myanmar, where Buddhist nationalism has surged since the end of military rule. But the scale of the violence suggests-as do the Rohingya themselves-that this may well be an organized government plan to wipe out the Muslim minority, which has shared an uncomfortable relationship with Myanmar's Buddhist-majority for decades. "How can they deny they are not their citizens?" she asked.

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A clearance operation by Myanmar's military targeting the Rohingya intensified after 12 security officers were killed by militants in coordinated attacks on border posts.

The UN human rights chief said Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya minority was facing what "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Numerous fleeing Rohingya have said Myanmar soldiers shot indiscriminately, burned their homes and warned them to leave or die. More than 200,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since October.

Cox's Bazar: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Myanmar to take back an estimated 3,00,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border in recent weeks in response to a violent crackdown by the Burmese military.

Reluctant Rohingya refugees could be forced to make this Bangladeshi island their new homes, as the nation scrambles to find more land to build refugee camps.

The UN Security Council was scheduled later Wednesday to discuss the refugee crisis in a closed-door meeting, with China expected to shoot down any efforts to censure its strategically pivotal Southeast Asian ally.

She said Bangladesh protests this injustice and inhumane attitude towards Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and renewed her call to the worldwide community to mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their nationals.

The UN has said all options for housing the refugees remain open, including moving them to an island as proposed by Bangladesh authorities.

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