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Et tu, Tutu? Nobel greats pile pressure on Suu Kyi

Et tu, Tutu? Nobel greats pile pressure on Suu Kyi”

"We need to wake up and respond to it - and I hope that Aung Sang Suu Kyi responds to it as well", she said, reiterating her criticism of the leader and fellow Nobel Laureate for turning a blind eye to the violence. The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread. 'Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment.

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I also met radical Buddhists in Rakhine and other parts of Myanmar who supported the persecution of the Rohingya and actively encouraged it. The Rohingya, who number around 1.3 million, are Muslims living in a predominantly Buddhist nation. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described the violence as being on the verge of ethnic cleansing. "We urge for calm and restraint", Prime Minister Najib Razak tweeted. According to the United Nations, almost 125,000 Muslims have been forced to flee Rakhine State since the violence broke out, many of whom have fled to neighboring Bangladesh.

Reports from the Rohingya community are hair raising, including the story of a village which, after it was struck by missiles this August, was doused with petrol and set alight by soldiers.

"Many refugees are stranded in no-man's land between the borders with Myanmar", medical charity Doctors Without Borders (known by its French acronym MSF) said in a statement.

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Refugees arriving in already packed camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, many exhausted and desperately hungry, have brought harrowing tales of murder, rape and widespread arson.

The reason is that atrocity crimes are now being committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority by the Myanmar government. About 400 people have been killed in the clashes in Buddist-majority Myanmar.

It is also seemingly reluctant to condemn brutalities on Rohingyas when worldwide concerns and protests grow over the persecution of the minority group and their exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh reached over a quarter million. Unable to cope with the recent exodus, Bangladesh, which has grown increasingly hostile toward the Rohingya, has been forcibly pushing thousands of people back into violence-wrought Myanmar. This indicates that she is following the citizenship law imposed by the military junta in 1982, which didn't consider the Rohingya as citizens of Myanmar. "This is forcing refugees to take risky and irregular routes to enter Bangladesh, which could have deadly consequences".

Nay Myo Zin, a student at Myanmarese diplomatic academy, gave Radio Sputnik his take on the outbreak of violence in Rakhine State.

Nobody can clearly guess how much room the government has to use its executive power in dealing with the military in handling the latest situation in Rakhine.

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The response of Myanmar's security forces to last year's attack by insurgents is still being investigated.

But he was careful not to directly criticise the country's civilian government, which he said represents the "best opportunity in generations for Burma to get on the right track". "This must not happen again".

The Myanmar government claims it is they who are facing a "terrorist" threat from a Rohingya terrorist group.

Bangladesh, however, equally has a long history of rejecting the Rohingya. Now, look, the Rohingya, they're being brutalised.

Without legal rights, he says, the Rohingya struggle to find employment and are vulnerable to abuse by criminal gangs. According to a report from the International Crisis Group (ICG), the group seems to receive support from the Rohingya diaspora and major private donors in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

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