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Violence in Myanmar must stop: Tillerson

16 September, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing from Myanmar (Burma) by the thousands.

After the UN Security Council held closed consultations on the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, the president of the UNSC voices the states' concern over the situation in the country.

One of the dozens of boats carrying Rohingya to the Bangladeshi border town of Teknaf capsized on Thursday and at least two people drowned, police said.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: A top United States lawmaker defended Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (Friday in Manila), saying Myanmar's under-fire leader had assured him she is working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims suffering a violent military crackdown. 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.




Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces. But the former political prisoner has faced growing criticism from fellow Nobel laureates over her response to what the United Nations human rights chief called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Violence in Myanmar has invited reactions from around the world. "Aid has been severely disrupted and 380,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh", Guterres said in a tweet.

"I yield to no one in my admiration of what she stood for and the way she fought for democracy", said Johnson, the foreign secretary, on Thursday at a joint press conference with USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

He directed the blame toward Myanmar's powerful military, which is responsible for security operations that have seen almost 400,000 people flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in the past three weeks after Rohingya insurgents launched coordinated attacks on government forces.

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