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Suu Kyi vows ‘transparency’ over Rohingya atrocities

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Aung San Suu Kyi promised Monday to increase transparency over her government’s handling of the Rohingya crisis while pitching for foreign investment in Myanmar ahead of a regional summit in Tokyo. Suu Kyi, once garlanded as a global rights champion, has seen a sharp fall from grace due to her failure to speak up following a brutal military crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. “I’m ready to acknowledge that we have challenges to face particularly with regard to the Rakhine and with the struggles we have on the peace front,” Suu Kyi said in a speech before Japanese ...

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Malaysia to no longer support Suu Kyi

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Stating that he lost all faith in Aung San Suu Kyi, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said his country will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar’s leader over handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country. In an interview with Turkish international news channel TRT World, Dr Mahathir said Suu Kyi seemed to be a “changed person” in over the plight of the Rohingya people, reports Malaysia’s The Star Online on Sunday. “Over this issue, she seems to be a changed person. She did not want to say anything against the action taken by ...

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‘Suu Kyi seeks support for Rakhine’

MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at length about her country’s troubled western state of Rakhine at a Sydney conference on Sunday and appealed to Southeast Asian neighbours for help, Australia’s prime minister said. “We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters at the end of a summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia, much of it held behind closed doors, reports Reuters. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively at some considerable length herself… She seeks support from ASEAN and other ...

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Suu Kyi under fire at ASEAN summit

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and “force an outcome”. Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 of the Muslim-minority Rohingya to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh. The humanitarian crisis was one of the key topics at a three-day special summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia. “We discussed the situation in Rakhine ...

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Suu Kyi ‘avoided’ discussion of Rohingya rape during UN meeting

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Aung San Suu Kyi avoided discussing reports of Rohingya women and girls being raped by Myanmar troops and police when she met a senior UN official, according to an internal memo seen by the Guardian. Pramila Patten, the special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, travelled to the country for a four-day visit in mid-December to raise the crisis with government officials. But she said Aung San Suu Kyi, a state counsellor in the Myanmar government, avoided to engage in “any substantive discussion” of reports that soldiers, border guard police and Rakhine Buddhist militias carried out “widespread ...

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Pope flies for Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Pope Francis flew to Myanmar on Monday in one of his most sensitive trips yet, as religious tensions fester in the mainly Buddhist nation that has bristled at global outrage over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar’s military is accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless Muslim minority, more than 600,000 of whom have fled a crackdown in northern Rakhine State for neighbouring Bangladesh. Francis will meet powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing during the trip in a highly anticipated encounter between a religious leader who has championed the rights of refugees and the ...

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Myanmar hopes for deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya: Suu Kyi

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Amid mounting international pressure, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday planned to sign an MoU with Bangladesh this week to enable them to start the repatriation process of all Rohingyas from Bangladesh. “What we’re trying to do is to sign an MoU that will enable us to start the repatriation of all those refugees who have gone over the border,” she told a crowded press conference at Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw. Suu Kyi, however, said restoring peace and stability in the troubled Rakhine State will not be possible overnight. “Nothing ...

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Suu Kyi shrugs off criticism for being silent

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MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has wondered why people say she has been silent over the brutal army crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. “I don’t know why people say that I’ve been silent. I haven’t been silent,” she said in reply to a reporter’s query during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at Naypyidaw on Wednesday, according to a State Department transcript of the conference. “Actually, we’ve been sending out a lot of statements from my office, and I’ve also made statements of my own,” she ...

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Suu Kyi makes first visit to Rakhine state

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MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived on her first visit to conflict-battered northern Rakhine State on Thursday, reported news agency. Suu Kyi, a nobel laureate who leads Myanmar’s pro-democracy party, has been hammered by the international community for failing to use her moral power to speak up in defence of the Rohinyga. Some 600,000 of the stateless minority have fled to Bangladesh since late August carrying accounts of murder, rape and arson at the hands of the Myanmar’s army, after militant raids sparked a ferocious military crackdown. The UN says that crackdown is tantamount to ethnic ...

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Myanmar starts work to take back Rohingyas: Suu Kyi

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Myanmar government has begun to work on taking back those who crossed the border into Bangladesh from Rakhine state, says the country’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The Myanmar state counsellor and leader of the ruling party made the statement during a meeting with Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in the capital city of Naypyidaw on Wednesday. A ten-member delegation led by Khan attended the hour-long discussion with Suu Kyi, said the office of Home Ministry. Suu Kyi said her government is working on the repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar. She also spoke of adopting ...

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Rohingya crisis: Need of education becomes most imperative

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MNA Editorial Desk: Despite growing international concern and expression of sympathy, the Rohingya is fleeing to Bangladesh to escape military crackdown in Myanmar. Their number has already swelled to more than 500,000 in less than two months, and is rising by leaps and bounds everyday as the Myanmar army continues the ‘ethnic cleansing’ drive to push all the Rohingya Muslims from their country. Meanwhile, Bangladesh suffers the brunt of the military’s brutality in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar as the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has provided shelter for the refugees and piling up food and medical support for them with ...

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Suu Kyi: In need of right direction for Myanmar

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MNA Editorial Desk: Throughout the world, we find brutal pictures of communal violence for decades. Wars are going on at different parts of the earth with loads of hatred and ill feelings towards the people representing different communities, religion or ethnicity. The root cause of all wars being fought around the world is caused by either economic interest or communal difference. In recent times, we have seen Myanmar to get engaged in ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingyas of its Rakhine state. Thousands of innocent men, women and children are being killed; women are getting raped; houses are being burnt and all ...

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Myanmar minister to discuss Rohingya issue

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MNA National Desk: Amid the growing pressure on Myanmar, state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi sent her representative to discuss the Rohingya issue with the Bangladesh government, reports news agency. Minister of the office of state counselor Kyaw Tint Swe arrived at Shahjalal International Airport by a Thai Airways flight around 1:5am on Monday. Tint Swe is set to hold meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali today at state guesthouse Padma. The meeting began at 11:00 am. The delegation would discuss the means of “repatriating Muslim refugees” Myanmar’s Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister Win Myat Aye told The ...

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Ethnic cleansing shames Suu Kyi govt: US

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MNA International Desk: The United States accused Myanmar Thursday of the ethnic cleansing of minority Rohingya Muslims, saying the bloodshed in Rakhine state had shamed Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s government. Speaking at a United Nations Security Council meeting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley pressed for members of Myanmar’s military to face action from the global body in response to the violence and expressed sharp criticism of the civilian government. “We cannot be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be: a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority,” said Haley. “And ...

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Annan Commission Versus 1993 Rohingya Repatriation Agreement: Suu Kyis intention and dilemma

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MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi, previously known as democracy leader in the years of oppressive military rule in her country, and winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has now become assn icon of hatred due to her approval and pursuance of one of history’s worst genocides against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, bordering Bangladesh. Since August 25 this year around half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to save their lives from atrocities of Myanmar military and fundamentalist Buddhists who killed thousands of men, raped scores of women, beheaded ...

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Myanmar ready to take back refugees: Suu Kyi

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MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the country is ready to welcome back ‘verified’ refugees who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh. “We are prepared to start the verification process at any time,” Suu Kyi said on Tuesday, in her first address since the start of the latest military crackdown in Rakhine state. “As our national security adviser has assured Bangladesh, and which I can confirm now, we are ready to start the verification process at any time and those who have been verified as refugees from this country will be accepted without any problems and ...

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Last chance for Suu Kyi: UN Chief

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MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has ‘a last chance’ to halt an army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad, the UN head has said. Antonio Guterres told the BBC that unless she acted now, ‘the tragedy will be absolutely horrible’. The UN has warned the offensive could amount to ethnic cleansing. Myanmar says it is responding to last month’s deadly attacks by militants and denies it is targeting civilians. The military launched its operation after the attacks on police in the northern Rakhine state. The ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi to skip UN assembly

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MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly because of the Rohingya crisis, her office said on Wednesday. The exodus of refugees, sparked by security forces’ fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar’s leader last year. Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing to do more to halt the strife. In her first address to the UN General Assembly as national leader in September last year, Suu Kyi defended ...

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Deafening silence of Aung San Suu Kyi

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MNA Editorial Desk: In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that it wished “to honour this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means”. 26 years later, the Rohingyas as well as many people around the world would disagree with the trusting assessment of the committee. Expectations from Suu Kyi to take a firm stand on the Rohingya situation increased when on October 9, 2016, in an attack ...

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