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Suu Kyi cancels UN assembly visit amid Rohingya criticism

Sep 13, 2017, 5:52 AM EDT
Myanmar's democracy champion and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has drawn flak for mishandling of Rohingya crisis.
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Myanmar's democracy champion and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to skip a trip to the U.N. General Assembly next week amid mounting criticism of her apparent mishandling of Rohingya crisis.

A brutal crackdown by Burmese army over the last three weeks has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to makeshift camps in neighboring Bangladesh, prompting sharp rebuke from the U.N. and other agencies for this “ethnic cleansing,” writes the BBC.

No official word was given on why Suu Kyi withdrew from the U.N. General Assembly session although her spokesperson referred to some “more pressing matters” that the Nobel laureate needs to attend at home, notes Al Jazeera.

An official of the U.N. refugee agency underlined the need to step up humanitarian efforts in overcrowded Bangladeshi camps that are witnessing an “emergency with in an emergency,” with a shortage of food, clean water, and basic supplies, reports Reuters.

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