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​Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment to Rohingya

· For greater transparency in the handling of the crisis ·

Myanmar has pledged to be more transparent about the government handling of the serious humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya. Speaking from Tokyo where she is currently on an official visit, State Counsellor and Foreign Affairs Minister Aung San Suu Kyi announced that she was ready “to acknowledge that we have challenges to face particularly with regard to the Rakhine and with the struggles we have on the peace front”. Myanmar has witnessed violent repression by the Naypyidaw army and by Buddhist militia against the Muslim minority group. Since 2017, almost one million Rohingya were forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

The United Nations has accused Myanmar’s military of genocide against the Rohingya, who have already been described as being amongst the most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world. “We are not hiding this fact from our friends”, the 1991 Nobel Peace laureate said. Having never condemned the violence carried out by the military, she has been strongly criticized by the international community for her failure to intervene in favour of the Rohingya. Suu Kyi’s visit to Tokyo was met with some protest demonstrations to which she responded by saying that she was aware that peace and stability in Myanmar are the necessary conditions to guarantee the country’s economic development. She was expected to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later today.

Meanwhile, according to Asia News, the European Union is preparing to place commercial sanctions on Myanmar over the persecution of Rohingya. European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström has announced that she will set up an enquiry commission to evaluate potential commercial sanctions against Naypyidaw with the accusation of human rights violations.

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