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South Africa's Desmond Tutu slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

South Africa's Desmond Tutu slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

"People were squeezing into whatever space they could find on the rickety boats". "We're urging all parties to take steps to calm tensions". "Things must change. The government of Burma must act now and allow this desperately needed help to get through".

"Aung San Su Kyi will definitely implement (the citizenship recommendation) under the Annan commission", said Sithu Aung Myint, "but it will be hard for her because the military does not want it".

Myanmar's powerful military, the Tatmadaw, would continue to hold a quarter of all seats in parliament, with the generals retaining control of key ministries including home affairs, defense and borders.

Gentle persuasion doesn't appear to be working.

Vincent said Williams and her fellow Nobel laureates stood up for Suu Kyi during her years of house arrest in Myanmar, defending her in numerous public statements.

Critics have accused the Burmese leader - and Nobel peace prize victor - of turning a blind eye to the violent persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

Contacted by The Daily Star, former Bangladesh ambassador in Washington, Humayun Kabir, however, said, "There is some movement in the United States and the policymaking circles are showing sensitivity on the uneasiness on the Rohingya situation". All this time, the Bangladesh government has been quiet, not unlike the present situation.

Boris Johnson, the UK's foreign secretary, has decried Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya population, claiming it is "besmirching the reputation of Burma".

Since Aug. 25, Myanmar's security forces have killed at least 370 people, allegedly rampaged through and pillaged entire villages, and triggered an exodus of some 270,000 Rohingya.

South Africa's Desmond Tutu slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

In response, Duterte said "those human rights (advocates)... shut up".

Protesters rallied Friday in Jakarta, shouting "God is great", while in Tokyo, police had to separate those who support the Rohingya from counterprotesters who call them terrorists.

United Nations has estimated that almost 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted during which over 1,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed and several hundred villages were burnt to ashes.

If it were any other religion or ethnicity being targeted, would Suu Kyi's laurels be safe?

Protesters also rallied outside Myanmar's embassy in Malaysia Friday urging Kuala Lumpur to sever diplomatic ties with Yangon over deadly violence against Rohingya Muslims.

In displacement camps inside Myanmar, Rohingya activists say the government has blocked delivery of food and humanitarian supplies.

Not wanting to undermine the Asian country's democratic hero, the U.S. is cautiously criticising what looks like a forced exodus of more than a quarter-million Rohingya in the last two weeks as Myanmar's military responds with hammer force to insurgent attacks, according to a report of ABC News yesterday.

Duterte cited that despite being at the center of the worldwide news, human rights groups have not criticized Suu Kyi for her failure to resolve the crisis in Myanmar where Rohingya Muslims are "being brutalized there". Ms. Suu Kyi has also built close ties this year with China's leader Xi Jinping, who has intensified his country's repression of ethnic minorities, especially Muslim Uighurs. Burma, as Myanmar was known, had been cobbled together by the British colonizers from scores of tiny kingdoms and tribes and enclaves, which later military rulers tried to homogenize by force. There are reports of villages being burned to the ground and the military deliberately targeting civilians, but access to the region is limited, so the reports can't be independently verified.

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