Aung San Suu Kyi : Myanmar doesn't fear Rohingya scrutiny

Wednesday, 20 Sep, 2017

In an utter disdain to global outrage on the gross human rights violations of Rohingya Muslims by Buddhist terrorists, Myanmar's de facto leader and Nobel Peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, has said that she did not fear "international scrutiny".

Suu Kyi told foreign diplomats gathered for her speech in Naypyitaw, the capital, that the government was working to restore normalcy in the area. "It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abnegate responsibility".

Labour Councillor Tom Hayes tweeted the statement, noting that "Aung San Suu Kyi says Oxford means a lot to her. Rights mean a lot to Oxford City".

Regarding the many thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled for Bangladesh, she added: "We want to find out why this exodus is happening".

Separately Tuesday in Geneva, the International Organization for Migration put the total number of Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh at 421,000, and UNICEF said more than a quarter of a million of those were children. "There is widespread outrage in Oxford at the attacks on the Rohingya in Myanmar". Rohingya fled their villages in the military crackdown that followed.

Despite worldwide criticism, the Nobel prize victor had been silent for almost a month, and had decided not to attend the United Nations summit in NY this week.

Myanmar considers the Rohingya illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, despite the fact that many Rohingya families have lived in Rakhine for years. If Rohingya are proven wrong that they were attacked, he said, "we will not mind if the world decides to kill us all by pushing us into the sea". A sad coda to one who is denied now help to those most in need. Ministers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Sweden and Denmark attended the private meeting. "People expect us to overcome all the challenges in shortest time possible", said the septuagenarian, adding, "Myanmar does not fear worldwide scrutiny, committed to sustainable solution in Rakhine state". The state is home to around 1.2 million Rohingyas, who have always been officially labelled Bengali, suggesting they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

"The secretary welcomed the Burmese government's commitment to end the violence in Rakhine State and to allow those displaced by the violence to return home", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Monday's high-level meeting was "a first step, but it can't be the last", said Louis Charbonneau, the United Nations director at Human Rights Watch.

Rohingya Muslims have faced persecution in Myanmar for decades, but attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces on August 25 sparked the fresh violence against the minority group.