ASEAN Talks Tough on Rohingya Crisis

A groundswell of international condemnation of Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government's refusal to take action on atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya minority is spreading closer to home. Nearly 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state have fled a brutal military crackdown that has seen systematic rape, mass killings and the torching of entire villages in what the U.N. has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), who usually stand by the block's mantra of non-interference in each other's internal affairs, have now joined the chorus of outrage — calling for prosecutions of those responsible. In a particularly pointed intervention, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told Turkish television network TRT World this week that Suu Kyi had lost his support for her role in "what appears like a genocide." "We have not minced words about this. Although our policy in ASEAN is non-interference in the internal affairs of the country, what is happening is grossly unjust. We have voiced our opinion," he said on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Mahathir said he was very disappointed by State Councilor Suu Kyi, whom he had struggled to help free during her 15 years of house arrest when she was fighting the human rights abuses of Myanmar's military junta. "Of course, she was eventually released, but over this [Rohingya] issue she seems a changed person. She did not want to see any action taken against the military," he said. Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her pro-democracy fight, has refused to acknowledge the atrocities committed by the military in Rakhine state and defended her government's handling of the situation. On Tuesday, Canada's parliament voted to strip Suu... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, ASEAN Talks Tough on Rohingya Crisis, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you ASEAN Talks Tough on Rohingya Crisis





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 5 October, 2018



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