Myanmar's Suu Kyi to meet persecuted Rohingya Muslims

De facto leader travels to northern Rakhine state, where hundreds of thousands have fled state-backed violence

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to meet persecuted Rohingya Muslims

World Bulletin / News Desk

State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday paid her first visit to the northern part of Rakhine state, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in recent months.

Suu Kyi, Maynmar’s de facto leader, has come under fire over her refusal to speak out against the persecution of the Muslim minority in a heavy-handed security crackdown launched in late August.

She arrived in state capital Sittwe early Thursday before travelling to Maungdaw in the north, an official said.

State government spokesman Tin Maung Swe said she met Regional Chief Minister U Nyi Pu to discuss the situation in northern Rakhine.

“Government officials and security personnel accompanied her in her visit to Maungdaw after the meeting,” he told Anadolu Agency.

Rohingya families are still crossing the Naf river into Bangladesh to flee what UN officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the military.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited southern Rakhine during the 2015 election campaign but has not previously travelled to the north, where most Rohingya live.

“She said she wants to see the ground situation herself,” Tin Maung Swe said.

 

Last Mod: 02 Kasım 2017, 10:41
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