Myanmar ready to begin refugee verification process: Suu Kyi

20 September, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Andrea Terry
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Myanmar's de facto leader and Noble peace prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi breaking her silence over the plight of Rohingya Muslims condemned all human rights violations and unlawful violence scorching through the Rakhine state.

The disgraced Nobel laureate has faced scathing criticism even from other Nobel laureates for his alleged complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh.

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

But she did express concern for the "suffering of all people" swept up in the latest violence, her most compassionate words yet for the more than 410,000 Rohingya who have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh.

Myanmar prepared to start a refugee verification process for those who wish to return.

As many as 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Rakhine state.

Myanmar does not fear global scrutiny, committed to sustainable solution in Rakhine state.

It was her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya insurgents in August led to a sweeping military counter-offensive by Myanmar security forces.


In a statement, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said "it is vital that Aung San Suu Kyi and the civilian government make clear these abuses must stop".

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar September 19, 2017. Suu Kyi's relative silence on this is hypocritical and shameful, and I hope she speaks up soon. Her only comment on the situation saw her lash out at a "huge iceberg of misinformation" that she said was leading to a distorted view on the crisis in the rest of the world. Despite her ambition to become the nation's president, Myanmar's current constitution bars her from presidency because her two sons are United Kingdom citizens and she is a widow, which makes her not eligible. We want to find out why the exodus is happening.

"If Myanmar has nothing to hide, it should allow United Nations investigators into the country, including Rakhine State".

Australia has pledged a further $15 million in humanitarian support, particularly to Bangladesh which is hosting those who are fleeing.

Suu Kyi said that her government was open to take action "against all people, regardless of their religion, race or political position" and insisted that "Myanmar has never been soft on human rights".

"We are ready to begin the" verification of the identities of the refugees, on their return, she said in a televised speech, in English (without sub-title in burmese), without specifying if the return criteria, very restrictive as normal, would be relaxed.

The rights group blasted Suu Kyi for remaining "silent about the role of the security forces", whom they have accused of being "engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing".

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