Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi speech criticised by global leaders


Anifah said Malaysia had also called on Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for the immediate implementation of all the recommendations of the nine-member advisory commission on Rakhine state, which was chaired by the former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan.

Britain said on Tuesday it had suspended its training programme for military in Myanmar because of the violence in Rakhine state.

The group Medecins Sans Frontieres said a "massive scale-up of humanitarian aid in Bangladesh is needed to avoid a massive public health disaster". She said Suu Kyi's invitation to the diplomatic corps to visit Rakhine was "a step forward".

Abdullah Al Rabeeah, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Work, said that King Salman has allocated US$15 million to ease the suffering of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar amid a military crackdown.

The Rohingya Muslims live in India after fleeing Myanmar over the past decade. On Tuesday, de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech that did not address allegations of serious rights abuses by the army.

"We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence". Authorities have vowed to register all new Rohingya arrivals but so far 5,575 have been recorded, Maya said.

Police officers arrived as the crowd grew near the jetty, while Buddhist monks also tried to calm the mob, but people began to hurl "stones and Molotov (cocktails) at the riot police" the report said.

Buddhists in India, too, could be targeted by the radicalized Rohingyas.

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Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh wants to see the end of the "ethnic cleansing".

China has also stood by the Myanmar government.

But she has to avoid angering the powerful army.

Amnesty International said there was "overwhelming evidence" the security forces were engaged in ethnic cleansing. This week Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that it supported Myanmar's efforts to protect its national security and opposes recent violent attacks in Rakhine.

Plans are being chalked up to motivate the Rohingyas to keep their family size small alongside providing them with kits containing birth control pills and other contraceptives also to prevent outbreak of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), officials said.

Darusman had upped the pressure on Myanmar to grant access, arguing it was "in the government's interest and in the interests of the people of Myanmar to communicate their views and evidence directly to the (UN) mission". But a government official there did not share her optimism.

"The situation is ready to explode". He referred to Rohingya as "Bengalis", a term that the minority community finds offensive.

It comes at a time when Western countries are mounting pressure on Myanmar.