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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Speech Backfires

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reacted to Suu Kyi’s remarks in his address before the UNGA by calling for an end to the violence.

“The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity; and they must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long,” Guterres said.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Handling of Crimes Against Rohingya Muslims

“We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state,” Aung San Suu Kyi added, without putting forth any concrete solutions to stop ethnic killings.

Suu Kyi has faced harsh international criticism amid several reports about systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and majority Buddhists against the persecuted Muslim community.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

MYANMAR POLITICS: UN Seeks ‘Massive’ Help for Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

“We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help,” Mohammed Abdiker, director of operations and emergencies for the International Organisation for Migration, told a news conference in the Bangladeshi capital. The need was “massive”, he added.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar to end the violence, which he said was best described as ethnic cleansing.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar’s Regime is US Puppet: Iran’s Senior Adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

“Myanmar’s regime is a US puppet,” Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on international affairs, said on Thursday.

“A person, who has unfairly received the Nobel Peace Prize, is today taking these measures, but Muslim societies won’t be silent and will curb this dictatorial regime through international bodies,” he added.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Silence on Myanmar Ethnic Cleansing on Rohingya Muslims

Once lauded by the international community for standing up to the Myanmar military, Ms Suu Kyi has been sharply criticised around the world for her failure to condemn brutal attacks on her country’s Muslim minority now she is the effective leader.

“Yes, they condemn it, issue statements, but what good does it do? They should take action. This marks the death of the Nobel Peace Prize,” Mr Khamenei said.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

MYANMAR POLITICS: Myanmar Violence a ‘Textbook’ Example of Ethnic Cleansing: UN

“We have received multiple reports and satellite imagery of security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages, and consistent accounts of extrajudicial killings, including shooting fleeing civilians,” Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein’s comments to the United Nations Human Rights Council said.

“I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population,” he added.

“The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Break ‘Worsening Cycle of Violence’ in Rakhine: United Nations Expert

MYANMAR POLITICS: Break ‘Worsening Cycle of Violence’ in Rakhine: United Nations Expert

“I am saddened to receive reports that, while the authorities are helping Rakhine and other communities living in affected townships evacuate to safer locations, this assistance is not being extended to the Rohingya Muslims,” Special Rapporteur said.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Villagers Blockaded Amid Tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Residents

Police said Rakhine Buddhist villagers were restricting the amount of food the Rohingya could buy, but denied their movement around the village and access to work had been blocked.

“I think they are just afraid and aren’t going out,” said Myanmar police headquarters spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi NLD Wins Nearly Half of By-Elections

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi NLD Wins Nearly Half of By-Elections

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won nine out of 19 seats in the national and regional parliaments, according to the Union Election Commission, following a period in which she has struggled to match sky-high expectations.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Elections Take Center Stage

MYANMAR POLITICS: Elections Take Center Stage

Myanmar goes to the polls on Saturday for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Rebel Leader Challenges Aung San Suu Kyi, Vows to Fight On

MYANMAR POLITICS: Rohingya Rebel Leader Challenges Aung San Suu Kyi, Vows to Fight On

“No one will be above the law,” said Aung San Suu Kyi’s spokesman Zaw Htay. “If they attack us violently, we will respond the same way.”

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Human Rights Watch to Myanmar: Punish Army for Rape

MYANMAR POLITICS: Human Rights Watch to Myanmar: Punish Army for Rape

Human Rights Watch called for Myanmar to punish army and police commanders if they allowed troops to rape and sexually assault women and girls of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Vows to Investigate Crimes Against Rohingya

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Vows to Investigate Crimes Against Rohingya

United Nations human rights official said Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised to investigate U.N. allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Ko Ni Dies By Assassin Bullets

MYANMAR POLITICS: Ko Ni Dies By Assassin Bullets

Police arrested a lone gunman, but a motive was unknown in the killing of 65-year-old Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar’s Muslim minority.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Accuses International Community Of Stoking Resentment Between Buddhists, Muslims

MYANMAR POLITICS: Aung San Suu Kyi Accuses International Community Of Stoking Resentment Between Buddhists, Muslims

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says, “It doesn’t help if everybody is just concentrating on the negative side of the situation.”

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Government Faces New Crisis As Ethnic Armies Attack Military

MYANMAR POLITICS: Government Faces New Crisis As Ethnic Armies Attack Military

Myanmar’s government faced crisis after ethnic armed groups attacked security forces, dealing major blow to Aung San Suu Kyi’s goal of reaching peace with ethnic minorities.

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