Suu Kyi to skip UNGA amid Rohingya crisis

An image of a house on fire in Gawdu Zara village northern Rakhine state on Thursday

An image of a house on fire in Gawdu Zara village northern Rakhine state on Thursday

The Myanmar government say the death toll now stands at 421, including 378 "terrorists" and 28 civilians.

"If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep", said Tutu, who became the moral voice of South Africa after helping dismantle apartheid there.

Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya and thousands of them have been slaughtered.

But Hasina also blamed the insurgents who have struck out against Myanmar authorities, saying they should have worked with the government.

As tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee their homes in Burma's western Rakhine state, aid is desperately needed to provide them with simple necessities such as food and shelter. "Not with their character, or their worth, or their law or their state", he continued, adding that this is the reason why its a failed government.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the killing of Rohingya Muslims is a political disaster for Myanmar because it is being carried out by a government led by Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he called a "brutal woman".

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Tom Malinowski told CNN's Nima Elbagir he's "very sad" about Suu Kyi's response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. "But once she got the power, under her watch, people are being massacred, being dismembered, being shot and slaughtered like sheep".

"Questions that are put to me suggest that many people have difficulty reconciling what appears to be happening to Muslims there with Myanmar's reputation as a Buddhist country", he wrote in the letter, seen by AFP on Monday.

The UN documented mass gang rapes, killings - including infants and young children - brutal beatings and disappearances committed by security personnel.

Bangladesh, which already hosted around 400,000 Rohingya refugees, has faced a fresh influx of refugees since the security operation was launched.

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday described the operation as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

According to the United Nations, 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh as of Friday.

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