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Irish Daily Mirror - - SQUARE EYES - BY EMMA MCMENAMY

BOB Geldof is the lat­est well-known fig­ure to ex­press his outrage over No­bel Peace Prize win­ner Aung San Suu Kyi re­main­ing si­lent on the “eth­nic cleans­ing” hap­pen­ing un­der her watch.

She has been heav­ily crit­i­cised for not speak­ing out as more than 600,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Myan­mar have fled to Bangladesh since late Au­gust to es­cape the vi­o­lence be­ing re­port­edly in­flicted on them by the mil­i­tary.

De­spite gain­ing world­wide at­ten­tion in the past for her ef­forts to bring democ­racy to then mil­i­tary-ruled Myan­mar, also known as Burma, her si­lence over the cur­rent vi­o­lence has been slammed.

Those who have fled the area have told in­ter­na­tional me­dia about wit­ness­ing hor­ren­dous acts of vi­o­lence in­clud­ing the mur­ders of men and chil­dren and the rape of women.

They have also claimed to have seen peo­ple be­ing burned alive.

And ac­cord­ing to analysis of satel­lite im­agery by Hu­man Rights Watch, at least 288 vil­lages have been de­stroyed by fire in the north­ern Rakhine state since Au­gust.

The UN de­scribed what is hap­pen­ing in the area as eth­nic cleans­ing.

And they claim the sit­u­a­tion is the “world’s fastest grow­ing refugee cri­sis”.

Those seek­ing refuge have barely any be­long­ings with them and are set­ting up camp any­where they can find in the dif­fi­cult ter­rain.

Ms Suu Kyi holds the po­si­tion of

ON THE HOR­ROR IN MYAN­MAR

Refugees in Bangladesh Boy shot by mil­i­tary forces Myan­mar State Coun­sel­lor which es­sen­tially makes her head of Gov­ern­ment.

Her fam­ily are well known as she is the daugh­ter of Myan­mar’s in­de­pen­dence hero, Gen­eral Aung San, who was as­sas­si­nated just six months be­fore in­de­pen­dence in 1947. Ms Suu Kyi met with UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Antonio Guter­res and US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son. Her meet­ings come as her coun­try’s mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment has cleared it­self of charges it was re­spon­si­ble for the atroc­i­ties be­ing com­mit­ted on Girl takes care of brother in camp Ro­hingya Mus­lims in­clud­ing wide­spread re­ports of mur­der and rape. HOCK­ING sto­ries of phys­i­cal and sex­ual vi­o­lence by the forces, known as the Tat­madaw, have been emerg­ing in re­cent months send­ing shock­waves around the world.

The mil­i­tary, how­ever, have been blam­ing mem­bers of the Ro­hingya mil­i­tant group Arakan Ro­hingya Sal­va­tion Army.

It states the force at­tacked 30 po­lice and an army bat­tal­ion head­quar­ters posts on Au­gust 25.

In a re­port is­sued by the mil­i­tary on Mon­day, they said: “Se­cu­rity forces did not com­mit shoot­ing at in­no­cent vil­lagers and sex­ual vi­o­lence and rape cases against women. They did not ar­rest, beat and kill the vil­lagers.”

It also went on to state it had not de­stroyed mosques in the area.

How­ever, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said it was the mil­i­tary try­ing to “sweep se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions against the Ro­hingya un­der the car­pet”.

It stated: “There is over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence that the mil­i­tary has mur­dered and raped Ro­hingya and burned their vil­lages to the ground.

“Af­ter record­ing count­less sto­ries of hor­ror and us­ing satel­lite analysis to track the grow­ing dev­as­ta­tion we can only reach one con­clu­sion – th­ese at­tacks amount to crimes against hu­man­ity.”

It has been re­ported that Ms Suu Kyi met with mil­i­tary lead­ers be­hind

There is ev­i­dence the mil­i­tary has raped & mur­dered Ro­hignya AMNESTY

HOR­ROR TRAUMA

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