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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…

Rohingya genocide: Bob Geldof hands back Dublin honor shared with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi

DUBLIN: Irish musician and anti-poverty activist Bob Geldof will return his ‘Freedom of the City of Dublin’ award to his hometown on Monday, saying he could not continue to hold the honor with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Well over 600,000 Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh after military clearance operations described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing were launched against Rohingya people. The plight of the Rohingya has brought outrage from around the world and…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘urges people not to quarrel’ on visit to Rakhine

SITTWE, MYANMAR: Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday urged people “not to quarrel” as she visited Rakhine State for the first time since a military crackdown that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what U.N. officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army. Myanmar has rejected the accusations of ethnic cleansing, saying its security forces…

Bangladesh to press for Muslim refugees’ return to Myanmar

DHAKA: Bangladesh opened talks with neighboring Myanmar on Monday with the aim of securing the return of more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, most of whom have arrived since late August. The United Nations has called the exodus of 507,000 Rohingya since Aug. 25 the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency and says Buddhist-majority Myanmar is engaging in ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar rejects that. Its forces launched an offensive in the north of Rakhine…

Oxford college removes portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi

Oxford college has taken down a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi where she studied. The state counsellor of Burma studied at St Hugh’s College between 1964 and 1967, earning a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. The Swan student newspaper reported the painting was taken down on Thursday and replaced with a painting by Yoshihiro Takada. The newspaper quoted Benjamin Jones from the college as saying the portrait has been moved to a “secure location” while the Takada piece was displayed “for a period”. Aung…

Oxford college removes Suu Kyi portrait

LONDON: The Oxford University college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied said Saturday it had taken down a portrait of the Myanmar leader, a decision that follows widespread criticism of her over the Rohingya crisis. The portrait, which was on display in the main entrance of St Hugh's College, has been placed in storage and was replaced on Thursday with a new painting gifted by Japanese artist Yoshihiro Takada. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi studied at St Hugh's, graduating in philosophy, politics and economics in 1967…

War and the prize: how some Nobel laureates turn away from peace

OSLO: Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest in a long line of Nobel Peace Prize laureates to disappoint many of those who once applauded her, and probably won’t be the last, a cautionary tale for the 2017 laureate who will be named next week. Suu Kyi is facing international criticism, including from fellow peace prize winner Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the U.N. says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state. The violence has forced 421,000 Rohingya…

U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army ‘cleansing’ campaign

COX‘S BAZAR: Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said. The medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters, lend weight to repeated allegations, ranging from molestation to gang rape, leveled by women from the stateless minority group against Myanmar’s armed forces. Myanmar officials have mostly…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi condemns all rights violations in Rakhine State

NAYPYITAW: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations on Tuesday and said anyone responsible for abuses in troubled Rakhine State would face the law, and she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in the conflict there. In her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Aug. 25 sparked a military response that has forced more than 410,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, Suu Kyi said Myanmar did not fear international scrutiny and was committed to a…

Euro MPs condemn violence against Rohingya in Myanmar

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament on Thursday demanded the Myanmar military immediately end violence against Rohingya Muslims, adding to international pressure over the crisis that has sent nearly 380,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh. MEPs urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up for the Rohingya, to "condemn unequivocally" all incitement to racial and religious hatred. A crackdown by Myanmar's army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on…