Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Suu Kyi to miss UN Assembly to deal with crisis

Suu Kyi to miss UN Assembly to deal with crisis

He said: "I appreciate the hard and complex situation Aung San Suu Kyi finds herself in, and it's important that the global community speak out in support of what we all know the expectation is towards the treatment of people, regardless of their ethnicity". We are also concerned about reports of extensive loss of life of civilians and the vast suffering that is producing the displacement of thousands of people from their homes and livelihoods.

The Secretary-General also said he has spoken to Suu Kyi several times.

The generals still control national security policy but, nevertheless, Suu Kyi has been widely criticized overseas for not condemning the violence. He stressed her role "as a moral and political leader", even though she does not have the constitutional authority to control the military.

Morteza Salimi, the head of the Iranian aid body's Relief and Rescue Operations, said Myanmar would not offer the cooperation needed to receive and distribute the goods.

In a written statement, Trudeau said he discussed with Suu Kyi "the need to defend and protect the rights of all minorities". The conversation comes three months after Mr. Trudeau used a one-on-one meeting with Ms. Suu Kyi in Ottawa to raise the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

Aid agencies are still blocked from accessing all of Rakhine state due to what the Myanmar military says are security concerns.

A petition calling on the Canadian government to revoke Ms. Suu Kyi's honorary Canadian citizenship has garnered more than 19,000 signatures as of Wednesday. Her long silence welcomed huge wave of criticism upon her and her humanitarian and democracy-based ideals.

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"Does the Myanmar government not have a conscience?" she asked.

The Rohingya people are a minority ethnic group in Myanmar, largely shunned by much of the country's mostly Buddhist population.

"Bangladesh strongly protested the instances of violation of her air space by Myanmar military drones and helicopter on 10, 12 and 14 September 2017", the ministry said in a statement.

He called for Asean countries to take the first step, followed by the United Nations.

But things came to a head in August, when Rohingya insurgents armed with knives and homemade bombs attacked more than 30 police posts in northern Rakhine, the government said.

The Myanmar government has maintained that hundreds of Rohingya Muslims, mostly "terrorists", have died, and that 176 out of 471 Rohingya villages have been deserted.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, said the military's "brutal" security campaign was in clear violation of global law, and cited what he called refugees' consistent accounts of widespread extrajudicial killings, rape and other atrocities.

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