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Suu Kyi’s party slapped down in by-election

YANGON: The party of Myanmar’s embattled head of state Aung San Suu Kyi said on Sunday they were defeated in six constituencies in a national by-election, showing uneven support for her government after a string of controversies. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power in 2015 in a landslide victory, ending decades of military rule. But her tenure has been full of stumbles, most notably with ethnic groups involved in peace talks with the military — which has been marred by skirmishes and…

Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

OTTAWA: Canada's parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to effectively strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship over the Rohingya crisis. Ottawa had given the long-detained democracy advocate and Nobel laureate the rare honour in 2007. But her international reputation has become tarnished by her refusal to call out the atrocities by her nation's military against the Rohingya Muslims minority, which Ottawa last week declared a genocide. "In 2007, the House of Commons granted Aung San…

Suu Kyi should have ‘resigned’ on Rohingya crackdown: UN

BANGKOK: Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned as Myanmar’s de facto leader over last year’s brutal army campaign against the Rohingya, the outgoing UN human rights chief has told the BBC. A military crackdown in response to attacks by Rohingya militants drove around 700,000 of the Muslim minority from Rakhine state into Bangladesh, where they have given accounts of widespread rape, murder and arson targeting their villages. Suu Kyi, once lionised as a defender of human rights, has been pilloried outside…

Key member resigns from Myanmar advisory panel on Rohingya crisis

A key member of an international advisory panel on Myanmar´s crisis-hit Rakhine state has resigned, telling AFP on Saturday that the Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed board risks becoming "part of the problem" in a conflict that forced 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee. Retired Thai lawmaker and ambassador Kobsak Chutikul was secretary for the panel hand-picked by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise her government on how to handle the aftermath of a military campaign that drove the minority out of the country. The brutal…

Bono, former Suu Kyi campaigner, says she should quit

U2 frontman Bono, a leading campaigner for Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi when she was under house arrest, has called on her to resign over the deadly campaign against Rohingya Muslims. The singer -- who championed Suu Kyi in the 2000 U2 song "Walk On," with fans encouraged to wear masks of the then opposition leader when the band played it live -- said he felt "nauseated" by images of the bloodshed and refugee crisis. "I have genuinely felt ill, because I can't quite believe what the evidence all points to. But there…

Pope urges respect for human rights in Myanmar, avoids ‘Rohingya’ row

NAYPYITAW: Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar, mired in a crisis over the fate of Muslim Rohingya people, to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for "each ethnic group and its identity". The pope avoided a diplomatic backlash by not using the highly charged term “Rohingya” in his addresses to officials, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi. However, his words were applicable to members of the beleaguered minority, who Myanmar does not recognize as citizens or as…

Aung San Suu Kyi loses ‘Freedom of Oxford’ award over Rohingya crisis

YANGON: Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honour granting her the Freedom of the City of Oxford because of her oblivious approach to the Rohingya crisis. Oxford city councillors agreed they did not want to honour "those who turn a blind eye to violence." The de facto leader of Burma, an Oxford graduate, was granted freedom of the city in 1997 for her "long struggle for democracy" after spending years under house arrest in Rangoon while she fought for democracy in her homeland of Burma - also…

EU to discuss Rohingya crisis with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH:  The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday she would discuss ways to end the Rohingya crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi when she meets the Myanmar leader in Yangon. Mogherini and foreign ministers from Asia and Europe toured refugee camps along Bangladesh's border with Myanmar and heard harrowing testimony from displaced Rohingya there before their meeting Monday with Suu Kyi. Myanmar's civilian leader has been facing mounting global outrage over an army crackdown that has…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets Tillerson, UN chief on Rohingya crisis

MANILA: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced rising global pressure Tuesday to solve the crisis for her nation's displaced Rohingya Muslim minority, meeting the UN chief and America's top diplomat in the Philippines. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the Nobel laureate that hundreds of thousands of displaced Muslims who had fled to Bangladesh should be allowed to return to their homes in Myanmar. "The Secretary-General highlighted that strengthened efforts to ensure humanitarian access, safe, dignified, voluntary…