Suu Kyi's speech draws international reactions


India's government said on Monday it has evidence showing some Rohingya Muslims in the country have ties to "terror organisations" and pose a security threat that justifies a mass deportation of the ethnic group.

The funding "reflects the U.S. commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people", said the State Department's Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw on Wednesday at the ongoing UN General Assembly in NY.

Bangladesh has seen an estimated 400,000 Rohingyas fleeing into the country in the past three-and-a-half weeks, creating a humanitarian crisis, with the refugees facing acute shortages of all kinds of humanitarian support, shelter, food, sanitation and clean water, said Kazi Reazul Haque, chairman of Bangladesh NHRC.

Simon Henshaw, the top US diplomat for refugee and migration issues, said the USA applauds Suu Kyi's recent call for the Rohingya to return but is urging her to ensure the situation is safe for them to come home.

Suu Kyi, who decided not to attend the UN General Assembly in NY later this week, said she was "aware of the fact that the world's attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine" and that Myanmar "does not fear global scrutiny", CNN reported.

The witness said he saw some injured people.

Referring to her recent visit to the Cox's Bazar refugee camp, she said it reminded her of the situation during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

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Thousands of Rohingyas have poured into Bangladesh - and some into India - after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Myanmar rejects that, saying its security forces are carrying out clearance operations against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which claimed responsibility for the August attacks and similar, smaller, raids in October.

The new funding brings USA humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Burma and refugees from Burma in the region to almost $95 million in FY 2017, and it reflects the US commitment to help address the unprecedented magnitude of suffering and urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya people.

Ms Suu Kyi is banned from the presidency by the military-drafted constitution because her children have British citizenship.

US President Donald Trump wants the United Nations Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to end violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar's second Vice President Henry Van Thio addressed the annual UN General Assembly in place of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who a day earlier delivered a speech calling for patience. Nasreen said in one of the tweets. Suu Kyi has been heavily criticized for her relative inaction about the atrocity.