Aung San Suu Kyi vis­its Rakhine state

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

Myan­mar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, made her first visit to the con­flict-bat­tered north­ern state of Rakhine, meet­ing re­main­ing Ro­hingya res­i­dents in a re­gion that has been al­most emp­tied of its Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion flee­ing army at­tacks.

The No­bel lau­re­ate has been crit­i­cised by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for fail­ing to speak out in de­fence of the Ro­hingya, a long-per­se­cuted mi­nor­ity in ma­jor­ity-Bud­dhist Myan­mar.

Some 600,000 peo­ple have fled to Bangladesh in re­cent months, car­ry­ing ac­counts of mur­der, rape and ar­son at the hands of Myan­mar’s se­cu­rity forces.

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