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Suu Kyi slams 'iceberg of misinformation'

Suu Kyi slams 'iceberg of misinformation'”

Last October, following attacks on border posts in Rakhine's Maungdaw district, Myanmar security forces launched a five-month crackdown in which, according to Rohingya groups, around 400 people were killed.

A BBC correspondent on a government-chaperoned trip to Rakhine reported Thursday that he saw Rakhine Buddhist men walking from an unoccupied Rohingya village that had just caught fire.

About 290,000 Rohingya are said to have fled Rakhine and sought shelter over the border in Bangladesh since then. "We call on the authorities to facilitate immediate access to affected communities that are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance", Nauert said, adding that USA officials are working to help the United Nations cope with the exodus.

They also asked for the dispatch of humanitarian aid and a fact-finding committee to the region to investigate the atrocities against Muslims.

Myanmar so far has made no public comments on the insurgents' initiative.

He further suggested that in line with these diplomatic efforts, Iran is trying to send representatives to the headquarters of the United Nations in NY so they can discuss Myanmar Muslims' predicament with UN authorities and the ambassadors of Muslim countries.

An AP reporter saw one man collapsing from hunger while queuing at a food distribution point.

On the basis of witness testimonies and the pattern of previous outbreaks of violence, said Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, "perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead".

Al-Azhar has condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar and called on global organisations and Arab and Muslim countries to intervene to end it.

Ever since the waves of attacks against Rohingya Muslims started in 2012, aid agencies haven't been able to assess how many are left in the northern Rakhine state. Saturday's statement was signed by Ata Ullah, who purportedly commands the militants from jungle bases straddling the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

A government source in Dhaka told the Mail Online Burma was placing landmines at its border, following reports their goal may be to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence.

Bangladeshi officials have said they believe Myanmar government forces are planting the landmines to stop the Rohingya returning to their villages.

During the meeting, which lasted for more than half-an- hour, the Bangladesh envoy also talked about the need for the worldwide community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus, sources in Bangladesh High Commission here said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, feted for her years of peaceful opposition to Myanmar's military rulers, has been urged to speak up for the Rohingya, with Muslim nations and the UN leading condemnation of her government.

Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto civilian leader, has been disgracefully silent on the plight of the Rohingya.



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