Saturday 20 January 2018

Getting priorities right on ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi has faced criticism for her handling of the crisis. AP Photo.
Aung San Suu Kyi has faced criticism for her handling of the crisis. AP Photo.
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I must respond to your columnist Ian O'Doherty's absurd claim that Amnesty International has somehow been quiet about the serious human rights abuses taking place in Myanmar.

Just last week, we published evidence of a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign across northern Rakhine State where security forces and vigilante mobs are burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting people at random as they try to flee. Make no mistake about it, this is ethnic cleansing and we have been to the fore of both documenting and naming it.

Not only have we condemned the security forces, we have consistently called on Aung San Suu Kyi to stop burying her head in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State. We have baldly stated that efforts by her government to blame the Rohingya for the burning of their own homes are blatant lies.

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