Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Myanmar faces 'defining moment', must stop the violence

Myanmar faces 'defining moment', must stop the violence

Tillerson stated that Suu Kyi has found herself in a hard and complex situation and that Myanmar's democracy is facing a defining moment.

Almost three weeks into a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, thousands are still flooding across the border in search of help and safety in teeming refugee settlements in Bangladesh.

"I think nobody wants to see a return to military rule in (Myanmar), nobody wants to see a return of the generals", he said, adding that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi should use her moral capital to highlight the plight of the Rohingya. They need our strong support. It can not escape notice that there is a direct correlation between the spike in the intensity of state-perpetrated violence on the Rohingyas and the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Myanmar.

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A European Parliament delegation has postponed its planned visit to Myanmar to an unknown date due to the Rohingya crisis.

The Myanmar government "and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in particular, should condemn unequivocally all incitement to racial or religious hatred and combat social discrimination and hostilities against the Rohingya minority", said the resolution.

An estimated 380,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the violence in Myanmar and are now seeking refuge in Bangladesh, UN Secretary General António Guterres said Wednesday. Observers say the violence is being carried out by the Burmese military.

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Guterres repeated his call for "an effective action plan" to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region.

Activists say more than 100 villagers, women and children among them, have been killed by security forces. The government must recant its position on the status of the Rohingyas, who must be accorded the full citizenship rights.

The Rohingya are a minority ethnic group located in Myanmar's western Rakhine state and are considered to be a variation of the Sunni religion.

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