Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Suu Kyi sacrifices her principles for politics

Suu Kyi sacrifices her principles for politics

An estimated 370,000 Rohingya have fled across the border into Bangladesh in recent weeks amid a spate of attacks on their villages.

The US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he had spoken with Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi and that she said she was working to get aid to the Rohingya Muslim areas in the Southeast Asian nation that were affected by violence.

"I yield to no one in my admiration of what she stood for and the way she fought for democracy", said Johnson, the foreign secretary, on Thursday at a joint press conference with USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

"The evidence is irrefutable - the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar", said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty's crisis response director said in a statement.

He added: "This violence must stop, this persecution must stop".

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On Thursday, Tillerson directed the blame toward Myanmar's powerful military, which is responsible for security operations that have seen almost 400,000 people flee to neighboring Bangladesh in the past three weeks after Rohingya insurgents launched coordinated attacks on government forces.

The Kentucky lawmaker said her civilian government has little control over Myanmar's military and the nation's path to a more democratic government will take time. "I think many people around the world share that admiration".

"We appreciate the hard and complex situation that Aung San Suu Kyi finds herself in", Tillerson said, alluding to the power sharing agreement that gives military leaders vast influence over the country's affairs, "and I think it is important that the global community speak out in support of what we all know the expectation is towards the treatment of people, regardless of their ethnicity".

Johnson also called on Myanmar's de facto leader to use her "moral capital" to highlight the plight of the Rohingyas. Nobody wants to see a return to military rule in Burma [Myanmar's former name], nobody wants to see a return of the generals.

In a Facebook post, Dr Balakrishnan said he had a "warm and open discussion" with Aung San Suu Kyi on the situation in Rakhine State.

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