Rohingya refugees disembark from a boat at the shore of the Naf river, in Teknaf, Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugees disembark from a boat at the shore of the Naf river, in Teknaf, Bangladesh. ABIR ABDULLAH

Suu Kyi to address ethnic violence in Myanmar

By Ben Kentish, The Independent

MYANMAR'S leader Aung San Suu Kyi will give a public address next week on the crisis involving her country's Rohingya minority, her spokesman has announced.

Ms Suu Kyi has faced mounting criticism over her response to violence against the mostly Muslim minority in the country's Rakhine state.

An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have fled across the border into Bangladesh in recent weeks amid a spate of attacks on their villages.

Observers say the violence is being carried out by the Myanmar military.

Some reports suggest as many as 3000 Rohingya have been killed in the latest violence, which began on August 25 when insurgents attacked more than 20 government security posts.

The response of the Myanmar army has prompted widespread condemnation from the international community. The UN's top human rights official has called the violence a "textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.

Ms Suu Kyi was criticised after claiming "terrorists” were to blame for the violence and referred to "fake news photographs” posted online.

She has faced calls for her Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in 1991, to be withdrawn over the attacks on the Rohingya.

More than 400,000 people have now signed a petition demanding the prize be taken away.

Ms Suu Kyi will miss the next meeting of the UN General Assembly in order to focus on the crisis.



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