Myanmar’s democracy champion and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi said that no ethnic cleansing is taking place in her country, even as chilling reports of physical abuse, torture and killing of Rohingya Muslim minority continue to emerge from the troubled Rakhine region.
Suu Kyi called “ethnic cleansing” too strong an expression to describe what’s happening in the country’s Muslim-majority region while summing up the violence as a case of “Muslims killing Muslims” as well, writes the BBC.
Suu Kyi, who has drawn global flak for being passive to the alleged Rohingya persecution by the Burmese army, claimed that her government is working towards reconciliation and has launched an independent investigation headed by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan to probe possible crimes in Rakhine, notes The Guardian.
Rohingyas, considered as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh, are denied citizenship in Myanmar. More than 70,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, following brutal crackdown by military after nine policemen were ambushed and killed in October.