Rohingya crisis: Myanmar army clears itself of wrongdoing

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On Monday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano claimed success because Myanmar, an Asean member, had called on other members of the bloc to provide humanitarian assistance following the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have been forced to flee their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under increasing worldwide pressure to act to prevent further tragedies from occurring.

More than one-million people from the mainly-Muslim minority group lived in Myanmar at the start of 2017, a lot of them in Rakhine State.

The human rights group called for a United Nations fact-finding mission and requested other independent investigators be given full access to Rakhine State. Duterte also shot down questions from reporters on the subject.

The report has been widely criticized by several human rights groups in the region.

"Canada has earned a reputation for being able to have strong and frank, sometimes firm, discussions around the rule of law and human rights with its partners". While Bangladesh reels from the pressures of looking after almost a million people on its soil, we have neither received the necessary foreign financial commitments from the developed nations, nor have any meaningful steps been taken by the UNSC that could check the violence against an unarmed people. "The president was receptive to my comments, and it was, throughout, a cordial and positive exchange".

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Austalian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, also in Manila, said he spoke to Suu Kyi directly on Tuesday to express his concerns with the refugee crisis. "Those responsible for abuses must be held accountable", Adams said. "It is very disappointing that President Trump appears to largely have ignored this opportunity, and instead stayed silent on the suffering of the Rohingya while in Asia". It also denied widespread allegations of sexual violence against Rohingya women or burning down Muslim villages.

Trump has yet to speak about the crisis directly, so far only condemning the violence through intermediaries.

"This is a major humanitarian crisis which looks like ethnic cleansing", she said in a speech in London.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was scheduled for a one-day visit to Burma on Wednesday, where he was expected to press for an end to violence in the Rakhine during meetings with Suu Kyi and the powerful Tatmadaw chief Min Aung Hlaing.

"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocities underscores why an independent global investigation is needed to establish the facts and identify those responsible", said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW.

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