Downing Street calls on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to ‘stop violence’

Peoples Digest Online-  Downing Street has called on Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to take action against the violence aimed at Rohingya Muslims in the country. Offering their “full support”, a Government spokeswoman said: “We hope that Aung San Suu Kyi can use her remarkable qualities to unite her country, stop the violence, and end the prejudice that afflicts Muslims and other communities there.”

A Rohingya woman and her child travel to Bangladesh from Myanmar

She also said “it’s vital that she receives the support of the Burmese military”, which Britain has given £8m in order “to address the humanitarian crisis there”. Unrest in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has left hundreds dead with nearly 90,000 Rohingya civilians leaving the country and fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has also called for Ms Suu Kyi – a fellow laureate – to condemn the “tragic and shameful” treatment the Rohingya, saying the “world is waiting”.

Thick black smoke rises from what is believed to be a burning village in western Myanmar

The youngest ever recipient of the prize said she was “heartbroken” by reports of young children being killed, and she urged the Burmese government to grant the stateless group citizenship. So far, there has been no let-up in the violence, with thousands fleeing every day. Almost 400 people have died in the unrest. On Monday, two explosions tore through an area near the Bangladesh border, amid reports of fire, thick black smoke and gunshots, with one woman said to have lost a leg. Human rights group Fortify Rights has said that “numerous” villages have been torched in the west of the country, burning residents – including children – alive, while others have been beheaded.

Aung San Suu Kyi

However, Burmese officials and Rohingya insurgents both accuse one another of committing the atrocities. Accused of committing crimes against humanity, the Burmese military say they are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists”. Meanwhile, Ms Suu Kyi is facing a growing chorus of criticism for not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution. On Saturday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned Ms Suu Kyi, that the treatment of the ethnic minority group is “besmirching” the country’s reputation.

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