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Myanmar conflict: Aung San Suu Kyi 'must step in'

Myanmar conflict: Aung San Suu Kyi 'must step in'

The UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has criticised its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslim minority. Yanghee Lee said the situation in Rakhine was "really grave" and it was time for Ms Suu Kyi to "step in".Her comments came as the number of Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh reached 87,000, according to UN estimates. That is more than the exodus after the October 2016 violence in Rakhine. Both outpourings were sparked by attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts that triggered a crackdown by the Burmese military.
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The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority who have faced persecution in Myanmar. Many of those who have fled describe troops and Rakhine Buddhist mobs burning their villages and attacking civilians. Satellite images show many fires across northern parts of the state, and Human Rights Watch has released an image which it says shows that more than 700 homes were razed in one Rohingya village. The military says it is fighting a campaign against Rohingya militants who are attacking civilians. Independently verifying the situation on the ground is very difficult because access is restricted.
Myanmar conflict: Aung San Suu Kyi 'must step in'

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Rohingya families are living in makeshift shelters in refugee camps
Yanghee Lee said the scale of the destruction this time, compared to October, was "far greater"."The de facto leader needs to step in - that is what we would expect from any government, to protect everybody within their own jurisdiction," she said. Her sentiments were echoed by Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who said she was waiting to hear from Ms Suu Kyi - who has not commented on the crisis since it erupted. "The world is waiting and Rohingya Muslims are waiting," Ms Yousafzai said.
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Ms Su Kyi, who lived under house arrest for years for her pro-democracy activism, is not the president but is widely seen as Myanmar's head of government. She has been criticised in the past for failing to admonish the powerful military, which ruled Myanmar for decades and retains 25% of parliamentary seats. Ms Lee said that Ms Suu Kyi was "caught between a rock and a hard spot", but added: "I think it is time for her to come out of that spot now."
Since the militant attacks on 25 August, Rohingya families have been streaming north to the border. Dozens are reported to have died trying to cross the Naf river which forms part of the border. Bangladesh border police are allowing the refugees in, despite government orders to stop them, a BBC correspondent on the border says. A border guard told AFP news agency that more people were arriving than last time. "If it continues then we will face serious problems. But it's impossible to stop the flow, these people are everywhere," he said.Vivian Tan, a spokeswomen for UN refugee body UNHCR who is on the Bangladesh border, said people arriving at refugee camps were "in very bad shape". "They say they have not eaten for days, not since they fled their homes. They've been surviving on either groundwater or rainwater. They've been walking for days, they're physically exhausted, they're probably traumatised. "We're seeing a lot of women and very young children, some newborn, and these babies have been exposed to the elements for days so they're very very weak and they need medical attention."The numbers are really alarming and they are growing," she said.
Human Rights Watch released this image, marking buildings it says have burned down
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