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Facebook censoring reports of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

Facebook censoring reports of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

Myanmar's de facto leader and Noble peace prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi breaking her silence over the plight of Rohingya Muslims condemned all human rights violations and unlawful violence scorching through the Rakhine state.

Myanmar's Rohingya crisis has escalated over the past three weeks, with the United Nations estimating more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims having fled the hostility in Rakhine to Bangladesh.

She said Naypyidaw (Myammar's capital) was making every effort to restore peace and stability in Rakhine province.

Amnesty did say it was "positive" to hear Suu Kyi condemn any human rights violations in Rakhine state - where most of the Rohingya live - but it criticised her for being silent on the security forces' alleged brutalities.

She announced that Myanmar was ready to start a refugee verification process for those Rohingya Muslims who wished to return home. Suu Kyi did not address that accusation but said her government condemned rights violations and anyone responsible for abuses would face the law.

At least 250 people rallied on Parliament Hill on Sunday to demand the Canadian government do more than use their words to call for an end to the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hosted a meeting to discuss the crisis at the United Nations yesterday, he did not call for punitive sanctions on the country, the New York Times reported.

Suu Kyi studied at the University of Oxford in the 1960s.

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"May peace prevail and replace the hate and violence", said Mr McMillan.

"Burma is a complex nation as you all know", Suu Kyi said. "We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state", Suu Kyi said.

Myanmar has previously suggested it will not take back all who had fled across the border, accusing those refugees of having links to the Rohingya militants.

"On Aug 25, 30 police outposts were attacked; consequently govt declared Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army a terrorist group", the state counsellor said, describing the latest cause of the mass exodus.

Rohingya activists tell the publication that their accounts are frequently suspended or taken down as they post videos and photos showing the country's military persecuting them.

"The global community is committed to seeking a solution that ends this crisis and brings peace and stability to Rakhine State and the rest of Burma", the USA ambassador said in a statement.

And she said Muslims were not the only religious groups impacted by the recent conflict, noting that several other ethnic and religious groups have also fled the fighting. "Throughout the previous year, we continued with our program of development and establishment of peace", she said.