Tutu implores 'beloved sister' Daw Suu to end violence in Rakhine

Tutu implores 'beloved sister' Daw Suu to end violence in Rakhine

The trouble this time started with anti-Muslim riots in Burma's cities, where there are around a million other Muslims, mostly descended from people who immigrated from British-ruled India after Burma was conquered and incorporated into the empire in the mid-19th century. An army-backed party won seats in areas where a sizeable number of white card holders were living.

Suu Kyi said, "We are facing the same problem as India is facing in Kashmir". These people are being killed mercilessly in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of the country has come under increasing pressure to act from the worldwide community in recent weeks.

The United Nations having been accused of being "too close" to the Rohingya, has been forced to evacuate most of their staff from Myanmar and are trying to get the Red Cross to fill the void left by the UN.

Rohingya refugees being transported to a camp on the back of a lorry after arriving from Myanmar on September 10, 2017 in Whaikhyang, Bangladesh.

The U.S. Embassy in Yangon is discussing the situation with civilian and military authorities, and calling for an end to violence and access for humanitarian groups and journalists, the State Department said.

Police in Bangladesh say they recovered the bodies of 17 people, many of them children, who drowned when boats packed with Rohingya refugees sank at the mouth of the Naf River. For decades, successive governments in Myanmar have even refused to accept the Rohingya as an indigenous ethnic group, denying them citizenship.

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Under the constitution, the Burmese military retains control of 25 percent of the seats in parliament, thus maintaining significant influence. In recent months, aid agencies say they have been blocked from entering Rakhine state by the Myanmar government. (This constitution also explains why Suu Kyi was unable to become president, instead holding the title "state counselor"). Deemed stateless, they have been dealt with violence by the Myanmar military. Suspended aid in Rakhine state must be restored. Ms Suu Kyi also blamed the violence on "terrorists" and claimed the controversy has been caused by "a huge iceberg of misinformation".

"Here she is silent and she is not accepting that her government is responsible for this genocide".

Before they seek to advise or lecture others on the Rohingya crisis, they should better do a lot of soul-searching to establish if they really had done enough themselves to help the long-suffering persecuted Rohingya.

"There has been a significant displacement of local populations following serious allegations of human rights abuses - including mass burnings of Rohingya villages and violence conducted by security forces and also armed civilians", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Thursday. Suu Kyi's biographer has suggested she retire.

The woman speaking was Aung San Suu Kyi.

Never has a political angel crashed so quickly to earth. When she received a Nobel Prize in 1991, it truly warmed my heart. Earlier this week, Bangladesh lodged a protest after it said Myanmar had laid landmines near the border between the two countries.

Inevitably, the Suu Kyi backlash has given rise to calls that she be stripped of her Nobel Prize and other baubles of worldwide recognition.