Is Myanmar 'whitewashing' the Rohingya crisis?

Is Myanmar 'whitewashing' the Rohingya crisis?

Is Myanmar 'whitewashing' the Rohingya crisis?

Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, face a possible 14 years in prison under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly possessing classified documents that they say were given to them by two policemen.

Myanmar's government plans to repatriate almost 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh back to the state of Rakhine.

The man under constant fire over human rights issues has a piece of advice to Myanmar's Nobel Peace laureate and democracy icon: just ignore the critics.

A senior U.S. diplomat from an global panel, set up by Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise on the crisis affecting Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population.

Though Suu Kyi has been the de facto head of Myanmar's civilian government since her party swept elections in 2015, she is constitutionally limited in her control of the country and the military is in charge of the operations in Rakhine.

President Duterte also said that he had advised a Nobel Peace Prize victor, a head of government like him, to ignore human rights organizations.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, leave after attending the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India.

The president, who is on his last day of visit to India, revealed that he advised Suu Kyi to ignore human rights groups and activists whom he described as just a "noisy bunch".

"I'm not going to be part of it because I think there are serious issues of human rights violations, safety, citizenship, peace and stability that need to be addressed", said Richardson, who often works as an worldwide troubleshooter.

"I said, 'Do not mind the human rights".

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Duterte is a regular target of criticism for his deadly war on drugs, which has left thousands dead over the past 18 months amid allegations of extrajudicial killings by police and other rights abuses.

" He said he was "taken aback" by the disparagement of the media, the United Nations, human rights groups and the global community and alarmed by the "lack of sincerity" with which the issue of Rohingya citizenship was discussed".

He said the United Nations was inutile for failing to stop killings and massacres.

"With all its unutility (sic), it has not prevented any war".

"I still admire and like her, but I am sure that's not the case on her part", he said.

"Until now, America once took - acting like the conscience of the people and - trying to police everybody".

Duterte also said that he has his fair share of worldwide criticism which made him infamous but chose to ignore them to focus on giving the Filipinos a comfortable life.

Human rights advocates light candles in protest of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs in Quezon City, December 10, 2017.

"We are not the strong men. We do it by the rules".

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