USA wants full implementation of Kofi Annan recommendations to address Rohingya issue

Saturday, 09 Sep, 2017

Pakistan's heads of the Senate and National Assembly standing committees for human rights have demanded that the Pak PM rescind a presidential medal given to Aung San Suu Kyi - the head of Myanmar's ruling party and the de facto leader of the country - due to her failure to control or even condemn the genocide in her country.

More than 160,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Burma, also known as Myanmar, into neighbouring Bangladesh since an army crackdown was launched on militants from the minority group on 25 August.

Mr Tutu's remarks come after Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, wrote on Twitter that the "world is waiting" for Ms Suu Kyi to act.

The world is watching aghast as a slow-motion horror unfolds on Myanmar's frontier with Bangladesh.

Your emergence into public life allayed our concerns about violence being perpetrated against members of the Rohingya...

Getty Images Rohingya Muslim refugees sleep under a makeshift shelter in a clearing in a forest after crossing the border from Myanmar on September 8, 2017 in Gundum, Bangladesh.

He said Suu Kyi and her government established the Rakhine Commission under the leadership of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan a year ago.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever peace prize victor, said on Monday "the world is waiting" for Aung San Suu Kyi to act.

Ms. Suu Kyi has largely devoted her years of freedom, from 2012 onward, to creating a more plural country.

Genocide, mass killing, ethnic cleansing, persecution.these words don't sit well when you talk about a Nobel Peace Prize victor.

Chris Wattie / Reuters Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speak during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 7, 2017.

Congressional leaders from both parties are adding their voices to the worldwide condemnation of the violence in western Myanmar that has sent an estimated 270,000 Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh and led to growing doubts about Suu Kyi's leadership.

Retired Bishop Tutu issued a letter to Suu Kyi, his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in which he admonished her for not speaking out, despite her own years as a dissident prisoner. They have faced routine and public discrimination for decades, most notably the denial of citizenship. We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness again.

Refugees International has said Myanmar's that military is blocking life-saving aid, "which we believe amount to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity". Myanmarese authorities claim about 400 have been killed so far, though United Nations officials in the country have estimated the death toll at more than 1,000.

Though they have been present in Buddhist-majority Burma since pre-colonial times, the Rohingya are often referred to as "Bengalis", alluding to the myth they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

She is under growing pressure to do more to protect the Rohingya, and a petition calling for her Nobel Peace Prize to be revoked has attracted more than 384,000 signatures.

Myanmar's constitution doesn't allow direct government control of the military with the military having final say over constitutional amendments.