Emma Thompson urges Aung San Suu Kyi to restore peace in Burma

Saul Bowman
September 16, 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has used strong language in addressing the atrocities in Myanmar, referring to it as "ethnic cleansing" and "an abomination".

The UN Security Council is deeply concerned about the situation in Myanmar where Rohignya civilians are exposed to extreme violence, UN Security Council President and Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United Nations Tekeda Alemu said on Wednesday.

Attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts last month triggered an army operation that has killed more than 400 people, destroyed over 6,800 houses and sent almost 400,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.

Muslim militants in Burma have insisted that they have no connection with jihadists after claims that the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya could incite Islamist terrorism. And we need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership, but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military share, power-sharing in that government that this is unacceptable.

"Violence in Myanmar has created a humanitarian catastrophe".

Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign to bring democracy to the Buddhist-dominated country, serves as foreign minister and is the de facto leader of the government.

UNICEF said on Thursday that about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since August 25, some 60 percent of them children.

"I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country", the Secretary-General said in his first press conference since the opening of the 72nd session of the General Assembly.

Johnson, for his part, was asked whether he regrets his recent praise of Suu Kyi in light of her tepid response to the attacks on Rohingya villages by security forces, which she has framed as anti-terrorism operations.

"Since then I never stopped following Myanmar's progress", she wrote, using another name for Burma.

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