Suu Kyi has ‘a last chance’ to stop army offensive in Rohingya crisis: UN
UN chief Antonio Guterres says Myanmar’s de-facto head of state Aung San Suu Kyi has ‘a last chance’ to stop the military crackdown on Rakhine state and ease the Rohingya crisis, the BBC reports.
"If she does not reverse the situation now, then I think the tragedy will be absolutely horrible, and unfortunately then I don't see how this can be reversed in the future," the UN secretary general said during an interview with BBC’s HARDtalk programme.
Guterres reiterated that the Rohingyas should be allowed to return to Myanmar.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has called the situation a ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’.
Myanmar began the latest military operation in Rakhine state after deadly militant attacks on 30 police check posts and a military base on Aug 25. Myanmar says the operation is not targeting civilians.
Suu Kyi has said the crisis is being distorted and fanned by fake news promoting the interests of terrorists.
More than 400,000 Rohingya have now fled Rakhine state into neighbouring Bangladesh. Close to half a million Rohingyas had previously resided in Bangladesh, having fled from Myanmar over the past few decades.
Bangladesh has said it will provide shelter for 400,000 refugees in the border area of Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh police have introduced a series of regulations to restrict the movement of the refugees, preventing them from travelling or taking up residence outside the Rohingya refugee camps.
Analysts say the new restrictions are to prevent the Rohingyas from disappearing into the general population. Bangladesh has repeatedly called on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas and allow them to live in a safe and secure environment.