Myanmar committing genocide, ethnic cleansing against Rohingya: Pundit

Suu Kyi says Myanmar trying to protect all citizens in strife-torn state

Suu Kyi says Myanmar trying to protect all citizens in strife-torn state

Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of the country has come under increasing pressure to act from the global community in recent weeks. Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, however, have described large-scale violence perpetrated by Myanmar troops and Buddhist mobs setting fire to their homes, spraying bullets indiscriminately, stabbing civilians and ordering them to abandon their homes or be killed.

Suu Kyi is also a recipient of the International Mahatma Gandhi Award for Reconciliation and Peace, awarded to her in 2009 when she faced many restrictions, including house arrest.

I saw a 23-year-old woman, Ms Minura Begum, lose her baby because she needed a doctor.

"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.

Human Rights Watch said satellite images taken last Saturday showed hundreds of burned buildings in Maungdaw, a district capital in Rakhine State, in areas primarily inhabited by Rohingya.

"We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians", Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council, according to Reuters.

"If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep", Mr Tutu said in a statement. A country that is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country'.

Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, receiving the award for "her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights" while standing up against military rulers.

"The cult of Aung San Suu Kyi was fabricated by elements in the Atlantic World establishment committed to imposing a US-led, New World Order which, of course, is only a slightly more neutral term for the neo-conservative plan to impose what they inaptly refer to as Pax Americana", Grossman said.

Derek Mitchell, a former US 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.

An online petition for the revocation of Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize has been launched on Change.org and have so far gathered about 400,000 signatures.

However, the organisation that oversees the coveted prize has said the honour can not be withdrawn.

Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya.

She told the Delhi-based network Asian News International: 'It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 months.

The spokesperson for the UNHCR, Duniya Aslam Khan, issued a call for "urgent action" amid "a dramatic increase in the number of refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state" during a United Nations briefing.

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