HUNDREDS of thousands of Muslim refugees have been fleeing from Myanmar amid brutal state persecution. But who are the Rohingya? What is happening in Myanmar? What has Aung San Suu Kyi said and when did she meet with Pope Francis? What is the Rohingya crisis? Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic group that make up a large minority of the population of Myanmar, also known as Burma. They have been consistently and systematically persecuted over the years of a military dictatorship in the former British colony from 1962-2015, when democratic activist and longtime political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi became the defacto head of state. Since taking office, further large waves of desperate Rohingya refugees have been fleeing the predominantly Buddhist country amid reports of state persecution and violence. Whole villages have been burned down and families driven from their homes. Rohingya have been classed as illegal immigrants in the country and have been denied civil rights. Their treatment has … [Read more...] about What is the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and what did Pope Francis say after his meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi?
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Aung San Suu Kyi attends the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit on March 17, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Dan Himbrechts/Getty Images World There’s a low buzz at House of Memories, a popular restaurant in Yangon, where two 20-somethings in T-shirts are listening impatiently to a visitor’s questions about Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar. Some 600 miles away from the main city, the military allegedly has been ethnically cleansing Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine, and the visitor wants to know if they think Suu Kyi has condoned these actions.The two munch on seafood salad and batter-fried vegetables, point out the Japanese tourists dining at the next table and murmur asides to each other before one finally declares, “I love her,” his tone at once plaintive and defiant. “And anyway,” he says of the Rohingyas, “those are not Burmese.”That’s a common refrain among Myanmar’s Buddhist Burmans, the country’s … [Read more...] about Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Once a Human Rights Icon, Is Being Condemned for Mistreating Muslims
"Hate narratives" from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday. Patience and time are required to restore trust between the communities, Suu Kyi told Christine Schraner Burgener, the United Nations special envoy on Myanmar on Wednesday, according to the statement on the Nobel Peace laureate's Facebook page. Since August, nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from mainly Buddhist Myanmar's northern Rakhine state have fled to Bangladesh following a military response to Rohingya insurgent attacks, the United Nations and aid agencies have said. Many reported killings, rape and arson on a large scale.The United Nations has called the campaign a textbook example of "ethnic cleansing", a charge Myanmar denies. "The state counsellor also pointed out that the hate narratives from outside the country have driven the two communities further apart," the Facebook statement paraphrased Suu … [Read more...] about Aung San Suu Kyi blames ‘hate narratives’ from abroad for Rohingya conflict
(CNN)Myanmar's controversial State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has canceled a rare public appearance in Australia due to ill health, where she was expected to face questions from the audience. Suu Kyi was scheduled to give a speech at Sydney's Lowy Institute on Tuesday but the think-tank announced she had been forced to cancel as she was "not feeling well," in a statement Monday afternoon. "Following the speech, the State Counselor was to take questions from the audience," the statement said. Hours after the speech was canceled, Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told CNN Suu Kyi had felt "jet lagged and a bit weak" but was now fine and spending the afternoon with the Australian Myanmar community. When pressed as to whether the event would be rescheduled, Zaw Htay said in a text: "Schedule is very tight, it's not suitable for her. We're very sorry to cancel it." Read More Suu Kyi was in Sydney on Saturday for the first ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting to … [Read more...] about Aung San Suu Kyi cancels rare public speech during Australia visit
(CNN)Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize, the award's committee told CNN Wednesday, despite allegations by the United Nations that her government is committing genocide. An independent UN investigation recommended on Monday that Myanmar's top military leaders be investigated and prosecuted for genocide over alleged human rights abuses committed against the minority Muslim Rohingya over the past six months. Myanmar military leaders should face genocide charges, UN says The allegations leveled by the report include indiscriminate killing, gang rape, assaulting children and the destruction of entire villages. However, there is "no provision" within the Nobel statutes to strip a winner of a prize, Norwegian Nobel Institute Director Olav Njolstad told CNN by phone. "We continue to call on all involved in Myanmar to ease the suffering of the Rohingya and cease their persecution and suppression," Njolstad said. Read More Suu Kyi … [Read more...] about Aung San Suu Kyi will not be stripped of Nobel Prize, committee says