Tutu urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis

Tutu urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis

The Muslim minority are being driven out of their land.

Suu Kyi said, "We are facing the same problem as India is facing in Kashmir".

Monitors say up to 1,000 people have been killed.

To be sure, there are few who really believed things would play out quite so neatly in a nation with such a troubled past. When Suu became the de facto leader in Myanmar (after her party, National League of Democracy had a landslide victory in the 2015 general elections) our elation knew no bound.

Don't expect the United States to step in and resolve what is increasingly being describing as an ethnic cleansing campaign against Myanmar's downtrodden Rohingya Muslims.

Almost a quarter of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya have fled the country since October, when the military launched a crackdown in response to attacks on three border outposts in Rakhine.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks as government forces in Myanmar stand accused of carrying out mass killings.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the government was deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Rakhine state.

While the tensions between the majority Buddhists in Rakhine state and the minority Rohingya are of long-standing, the question is whether the spike in violence against the Rohingya and their massive exodus to Bangladesh can be traced to the new climate of freedom.

Bangladesh has proposed "safe zones" run by aid groups for Rohingya in Myanmar.

However, the military junta that had taken control of the country following the uprising refused to hand over power.

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Khin says some of those countries help train and equip the Myanmar military and can send a powerful message by suspending that support.

Hemmed in by public sentiment at one end, Suu Kyi has also had to deal with an increasingly restive military.

Rights groups briefed U.N. Security Council diplomats on the Myanmar violence on Friday. No one is allowed into the lawless Rakhine state and the military operations there do now allow any aid to reach the zone. Ms Suu Kyi also blamed the violence on "terrorists" and claimed the controversy has been caused by "a huge iceberg of misinformation".

Her government has kept in place all the policies of the previous military regime, he added.

Human rights groups are equally appalled.

'But what some have called "ethnic cleansing" and others "a slow genocide" has persisted - and recently accelerated. A Bangladeshi judge wants her to be tried for crimes against humanity. Since the emergence of ARSA, Suu Kyi's government has hardened its position on the Rohingya plight, saying that extremist elements pose a security risk.

Further, the military government backed by Aung San Suu Kyi has been denying provisions to the Rohingya in Arakan state, including the 120,000-plus who have been in camps for Internally displaced persons since 2012.

Never has a political angel crashed so quickly to earth. After being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and being released from house arrest, she won a seat in parliament. "Myanmar is a mineral rich country and it has oil reserves too". This is a bad idea.

This is the toughest period in the history of Myanmar as it makes its transition from the military rule.

Meanwhile, the global community demands that she take the higher moral ground and unequivocally condemn events unfolding in the Rakhine region.