Suu Kyi wants help for Rohingya - US lawmaker

2017-09-15 12:15
In Tel Aviv, a member of the Islamic Movement in Israel displays a defaced poster of  Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya.  (Oded Balilty, AP)

In Tel Aviv, a member of the Islamic Movement in Israel displays a defaced poster of Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya. (Oded Balilty, AP)

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Washington - A top US lawmaker defended Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday, saying Myanmar's under-fire leader had assured him she is working to get aid to Rohingya Muslims suffering a violent military crackdown.

The Southeast Asian nation's first civilian leader in decades has faced international condemnation for a lack of moral leadership regarding the Rohingya, victims of what the UN views as a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime Suu Kyi friend and ally, said that during a telephone call she "agreed with the need for immediate and improved access of humanitarian assistance to the region, particularly by the International Red Cross, and she conveyed that she is working toward that end".

A crackdown by Myanmar's army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25, has sent nearly 400 000 refugees from the stateless Muslim minority fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh. Hundreds have been killed.

The longtime human rights icon and Nobel peace laureate has been berated for failing to speak up for the Rohingya minority amid a crisis that has shocked the international community.

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