Suu Kyi rejects UN probe into alleged Rohingya violence

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Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on May 3 dismissed a decision by the United Nation’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes allegedly committed by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

The UN body wants to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the country over claims of murder, rape and torture in Rakhine state.

“We do not agree with it,” Suu Kyi, a former democracy icon and Nobel Piece Prize winner, told a press conference with EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini during a visit to Brussels, when asked about the probe.

“We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution because we do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground,” she said, deepening the rift between her and some of her former supporters in the West further.

Suu Kyi, also Myanmar’s foreign minister, said she would only accept recommendations from a separate advisory commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan. Any other input would “divide” communities, she added, without giving further details.

A UN report issued in April, based on interviews with 220 Rohingya among 75,000 who have fled to Bangladesh since October, accuses Myanmar’s security forces of having committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya in a campaign that “very likely” amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi has declined an invitation to meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington this week alongside top diplomats from Southeast Asia, citing other commitments, Myanmar officials said.

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Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on May 3 dismissed a decision by the United Nation’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes allegedly committed by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims. The UN body wants to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the country over claims of murder, rape and torture in Rakhine state. “We do not agree with it,” Suu Kyi, a former democracy icon and Nobel Piece Prize winner, told a press conference with EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini during a visit to Brussels, when asked about the probe. “We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution...

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Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on May 3 dismissed a decision by the United Nation’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes allegedly committed by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims.

The UN body wants to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the country over claims of murder, rape and torture in Rakhine state.

“We do not agree with it,” Suu Kyi, a former democracy icon and Nobel Piece Prize winner, told a press conference with EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini during a visit to Brussels, when asked about the probe.

“We have disassociated ourselves from the resolution because we do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground,” she said, deepening the rift between her and some of her former supporters in the West further.

Suu Kyi, also Myanmar’s foreign minister, said she would only accept recommendations from a separate advisory commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan. Any other input would “divide” communities, she added, without giving further details.

A UN report issued in April, based on interviews with 220 Rohingya among 75,000 who have fled to Bangladesh since October, accuses Myanmar’s security forces of having committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya in a campaign that “very likely” amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi has declined an invitation to meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington this week alongside top diplomats from Southeast Asia, citing other commitments, Myanmar officials said.

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