Suu Kyi: Myanmar ready to welcome back refugees

Ram Madhav BJP National General Secretary at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on April 7th 2015. Express

Ram Madhav BJP National General Secretary at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on April 7th 2015. Express

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to address the country on the growing crisis in Rakhine state.

The UN has said 4,09,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the Myanmar military launched operations in Rakhine state.

Pressure tightened on Myanmar on Monday as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on the country's military, which is accused of driving out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" campaign.

She also cancelled a trip to the UN General Assembly in NY, saying she would address Myanmar on Tuesday on "national reconciliation and peace".

Hasina said she wanted to see more worldwide political pressure on Myanmar to allow the Rohingya to return.

"As Canadians, we believe in democracy, freedom, protection of human rights and a commitment to the rule of law", said Fareed Khan, who has sponsored a petition calling on the Liberal government to revoke the honour.

"World leaders meeting at the United Nations should act to end this mounting crisis and show Burma's military leaders they will pay a price for such atrocities", said Robertson. She said that the Bangladeshi govt is providing shelter not for humanity but for voles.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has condemned the attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, he said, adding "We condemn the attacks (on Myanmar security forces) and we will continue to do so in the future".

She said she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in the conflict there.

"For this reason, Burma should not be surprised to find itself under worldwide scrutiny and on the Security Council's agenda", Johnson said, using the former British colony's earlier name. But these are only official numbers - Bangladesh's envoy to India Syed Muazzem Ali told Hindustan Times earlier this week that around 400,000 Rohingyas had taken refuge in Bangladesh over the past two decades. We want to find out what the real problems are.

In her address, Ms Suu Kyi did not use the term Rohingya to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.

The British statement said the meeting urged Myanmar to implement recommendations of a commission led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan calling for economic development and social justice to counter deadly violence between Buddhists and the Rohingya. Below, a photograph from September 12 shows one of the villages near Maungdaw that was attacked in Myanmar's campaign against the Rohingya people.

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