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UN calls on Suu Kyi to visit crisis-hit Rakhine state

  • Published at 03:38 pm December 9th, 2016
  • Last updated at 03:44 pm December 9th, 2016
UN calls on Suu Kyi to visit crisis-hit Rakhine state
The Nobel Peace Prize winner has faced growing international criticism for not stopping the military's campaign, which has pushed more than 20,000 Rohingya over the border to Bangladesh, bringing tales of mass rape, murder and arson. The crackdown was launched in response to deadly raids on police posts in October. Malaysia has accused the army of "genocide" -- charges Myanmar officials have vehemently denied. Suu Kyi has described the situation as "under control" and asked the international community to stop stoking the "fires of resentment". [caption id="attachment_39204" align="aligncenter" width="800"]In this Advisory Commission on Rakhine State handout taken on December 3, 2016 and released on December 6, 2016, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan (C) and commissioner Aye Lwin (R) of the multi-sector advisory commission meet with the Muslim community in Kyatyoepyin village in Maungdaw, located in Rakhine State near the Bangladesh border. More than 20,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, humanitarian officials said on December 6, following a bloody crackdown by the army in neighbouring Myanmar. / AFP PHOTO / ADVISORY COMMISSION ON RAKHINE STATE / Aung Kyaw Moe / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ADVISORY COMMISSION ON RAKHINE STATE / AUNG KYAW MOE" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS Fformer UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, centre, and commissioner Aye Lwin, right, of the multi-sector advisory commission meet with the Muslim community in Kyatyoepyin village in Maungdaw, located in Rakhine State near the Bangladesh border AFP[/caption]   In a statement released in New York on Thursday, UN special adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar appealed directly to the peace icon to intervene. "The adoption of a generally defensive rather than proactive approach to providing security to the local population, have caused frustration locally and disappointment internationally," he said. "I also appeal to Daw Suu to visit Maungdaw and Buthidaung and reassure the civilian population there that they will be protected," he added, referring to the locked down area in Rakhine. The bloodshed presents the biggest challenge to Suu Kyi since her party won Myanmar's first democratic elections in a generation last year. [caption id="attachment_39205" align="aligncenter" width="800"]In this photograph taken on September 7, 2016, minority Muslim Rohingya children and elders gather during a meeting with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan at the Thet Kal Pyin displacement camp in Sittwe after the Rakhine State has been effectively split on religious grounds between Buddhists and Muslims since bouts of communal violence tore through the state in 2012, killing scores and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Anti-Muslim sentiment runs high in the impoverished region, fanned by hardline Buddhist nationalists who revile the Rohingya and are viscerally opposed to any move to grant them citizenship. They insist the roughly one-million strong group are intruders from neighbouring Bangladesh, even though many can trace their ancestry in Myanmar back generations. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD In this photograph taken on September 7, 2016, minority Muslim Rohingya children and elders gather during a meeting with former UN secretary general Kofi Annan at the Thet Kal Pyin displacement camp in Sittwe after the Rakhine State has been effectively split on religious grounds between Buddhists and Muslims since bouts of communal violence tore through the state in 2012, killing scores and forcing tens of thousands to flee AFP[/caption] It has galvanised Muslim nations around the region, with protesters decrying the latest crackdown as the culmination of years discrimination and abuse suffered by the stateless Rohingya. On Sunday Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak taunted Suu Kyi, who the former junta kept under house arrest for almost 20 years, before a crowd of some 5,000 protesters in Kuala Lumpur.
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