Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations

Posted September 06, 2017

Buddhist-majority Myanmar rejects accusations by refugees and rights groups that its armed forces have violated the rights of the mostly stateless Rohingya, saying the army and police are fighting "terrorists".

A trawler carrying Rohingya Muslims has capsized in the Bay of Bengal, and at least five people have drowned, police said Wednesday. "The continued stigmatization faced by Muslims, aided by the state in Burma, greatly increases the potential for group violence to recommence in the future".

According to a readout of the call, Aung San Suu Kyi said: "We know very well, more than most, what it means to be deprived of human rights and democratic protection".

The government was working hard to ensure terrorism did not spread across Rakhine State, she added.

"So we make sure that all the people in our country are entitled to protection of their rights as well as, the right to, and not just political but social and humanitarian defence".

Hundreds were killed and more than 150,000 people displaced from their homes in 2012 when mob violence broke out between the Rakhine and Rohingya communities, driven by long-standing prejudice against the Rohingya, who are considered by many to have entered Myanmar illegally from neighboring Bangladesh, even though many families have lived in Myanmar for generations.

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Suu Kyi's office said that she told Erdogan that his deputy prime minister was a victim of fake news when he posted photos purportedly showing dead Rohingya that were not related to the crisis.

- The MoUs include one between the Election Commission and Union Election of Myanmar, the national level electoral commission of Myanmar.

The allegations came after blasts were heard in the area, in which two children and a woman were injured, according to news agency AFP. Myanmar's government has yet to respond as to whether or not fresh mines have been laid in recent weeks, Reuters said.

Myanmar has come under global pressure after almost 125,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine after Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

But on Monday, Ms Suu Kyi's spokesman Zaw Htay questioned who exactly had placed the explosives. Security forces responded to the attacks with days of "clearance operations" the government says were aimed at rooting out insurgents it accuses of setting fire to Rohingya villages.

Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been heavily criticised for her response to the escalating crisis.