Myanmar's vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country's Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take "full measures" to avoid collateral damage and harming innocent civilians. "We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state", MS Suu Kyi said in her address in the capital, Naypyitaw.
In light of the silence shown by the United Nations over the brutality of Myanmar's government forces, it be can be argued that the world body has completely failed to protect human rights, especially the rights of Muslims around the globe.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that in Tuesday's call, Tillerson welcomed the Myanmar government's commitment to end the violence in Rakhine State and to allow those displaced by the violence to return home.
Myanmar State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi has been facing mounting global pressure for her handling of violence in the Rakhine state and the Rohingya refugee crisis. "We feel deeply for the suffering of all people who have been caught in the conflict", Suu Kyi said in her address.
"I'm very disappointed. She will not get another prize from the worldwide community", said Shafi Rahman, 45, who said he had arrived in Bangladesh two weeks ago after soldiers and civilian mobs burned his village.
More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 when Rohingya insurgent attacks on security forces prompted a military crackdown and reprisals by majority Buddhists. We would like to talk to those who have fled as well as those who have stayed.
Johnson also came under fire after describing Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize holder, as "one of the most inspiring figures of our age", despite the atrocities happening on her watch. "We can arrange for you to visit these areas and to ask (those who stayed back) why they have not fled, why they have chosen to remain in their villages".
SUU KYI: I think it is very little-known that the great majority of Muslims in the Rakhine State have not joined the exodus. More recently, the Myanmar military has justified attacks on civilians based on the fact Rohingya militants targeted police outposts and killed roughly a dozen members of security forces. Although Suu Kyi claimed that there haven't been further "clearing operations" since September 5, satellite images of burning villages flatly contradict that claim. As State Counselor, Suu Kyi has limited powers, as the Constitution gives ultimate oversight on defense matters to the Myanmar military.