Desmond Tutu chides Suu Kyi over silence on Burma 'ethnic cleansing'

Desmond Tutu chides Suu Kyi over silence on Burma 'ethnic cleansing'

Desmond Tutu chides Suu Kyi over silence on Burma 'ethnic cleansing'

'The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread.

According to United Nations estimates, up to 300,000 Rohingya could be displaced into Bangladesh due to "clearance operations" by the Myanmar's armed forces.

"We're very concerned by the sustained allegations of abuses being committed that is resulting of the displacement of many people", Murphy added.

"The numbers are so alarming - it really means that we have to step up our response and that the situation in Myanmar has to be addressed urgently".

Last October, following attacks on border posts in Maungdaw, Myanmar security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed.

"We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens", Suu Kyi said in comments to Reuters Television's Indian partner, Asian News International.

Khan said the Rohingya's wait on the Myanmar border to take fishing boats to Teknaf in Bangladesh. Myanmar has said it is was counting on China and Russian Federation to protect it from any Security Council censure.

Suu Kyi said, "We are facing the same problem as India is facing in Kashmir".

In a phone briefing with reporters Friday, Murphy said the focused on expanding humanitarian and media access in the region, and condemns a "variety" of attacks - "attacks on security forces, attacks on civilians (and) attacks by civilians". Of these, almost 357,000 - a third of Myanmar's total Rohingya population - have left since October when the latest upsurge in violence began. "We need huge financial resources". Since Aug. 25, almost a quarter of that remaining population has reportedly fled.

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It is a completely unfounded fear - Muslims are just 4% of Burma's population - but many Buddhist Burmese are obsessed by it.

Around 27,000 Buddhists and Hindus have also been displaced by Rohingya militant attacks.

Tagged by some as "the world's most persecuted minority", the Rohingya are a mostly Muslim ethnic group who have called Buddhist-dominated Myanmar home for centuries. They are denied citizenship and regarded as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

"They say (they are) living out in (the) open, without protection from the tropical sun with their children, without enough food to eat".

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua called U. Win Myint to convey the concerns of its government and people over the ongoing violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine state, said a statement issued by the foreign ministry. But it would seem the plan is unlikely to be accepted there.

On the basis of witness testimonies and the pattern of previous outbreaks of violence, said Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, "perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead".

"If safety can not even be found in area capitals, then no place may be safe", said Phil Robertson, the group's deputy Asia director. It has blamed insurgents for setting the villages on fire, without offering proof. It was not clear who was responsible.

Suu Kyi did not refer specifically to the exodus of the minority Rohingya, which was sparked by insurgent attacks on August 25 and an army counter-offensive, but said her administration was trying its best to take care of all citizens. "But much more is needed and we are fast running out of stock", Margo Baars, of the International Organization for Migration, said.

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