United Nations figure warns of 'major atrocities' in Myanmar crisis

The Democracy Icon Aung San Suu Kyi Silence over Rohingya

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has condemned the attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, he said, adding "We condemn the attacks (on Myanmar security forces) and we will continue to do so in the future".

"We condemn all human rights violation and unlawful violence".

Suu Kyi defended her country in the face of global criticism and said "more than half" of Rohingya villages were not affected by the violence and invited diplomats and foreign observers to visit them to see "why they are still there when they are surrounded by a state of turmoil" even as she addressed the nation on the Rohingya issue.

"Myanmar prepared to start a refugee verification process for those who wish to return", said the country's de facto leader.

In her address, Suu Kyi said that Myanmar does not fear "international scrutiny" over the Rohingya crisis, inviting outside observers to come see the problems in person.

Uniting Church in Australia President, Stuart McMillan, has urged the Australian Government to take the lead in efforts to end the brutal persecution of Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hosted a meeting to discuss the crisis at the United Nations yesterday, he did not call for punitive sanctions on the country, the New York Times reported.

The Oxford City Council has threatened it will withdraw Burma (Myanmar) leader Aung San Suu Kyi's Freedom of the City - its highest civic honour - if she does not act regarding the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State.

"Hate and fear are the main scourges of our world, " she said. We will also investigate why so many young Muslims are crossing the border and going to Bangladesh.

However, she did assert that: "We feel deeply for the suffering of all the people who have been caught up in the conflict". Aid groups are struggling to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals, more than half of whom are children.

Reacting to Suu Kyi's allegation and counter allegation statement, the UNICEF Deputy Representative said, "I think she is being very clear that law of the land will prevail and that is how, I think, the things should be".

Suu Kyi told foreign diplomats gathered for her speech in Naypyitaw, the capital, that the government was working to restore normalcy in the area.

"On Aug 25, 30 police outposts were attacked; consequently govt declared Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army a terrorist group", the state counsellor said, describing the latest cause of the mass exodus. Almost 40,000 of the refugees over the years have fled and settles in India, while around 16,000 are registered with the UN's refugee agency. "If Myanmar has nothing to hide, it should allow United Nations investigators into the country, including Rakhine state", Amnesty said. We have to listen to all of them.



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