19 September, 2017
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she does not fear “international scrutiny” of her government’s handling of the growing Rohingya crisis.
It was her first national address on the violence in northern Rakhine state that has seen more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims cross into Bangladesh.
She said that most Muslims had not fled the state and that violence had ceased.
Ms Suu Kyi has faced heavy criticism for her response to the crisis.
The exodus of Rohinyga Muslims from Rakhine state, on the border with Bangladesh, was sparked by an armed attack blamed on Rohingya militants on police posts in August.
A massive security crackdown followed that attack, leading the UN to brand it “ethnic cleansing”,
Ms Suu Kyi said she was making this speech because she was unable to travel to the UN General Assembly later this week.
She said she wanted the international community to know what was being done by her government to address the situation.
She condemned all human rights violations and said anyone responsible for the abuses in Rakhine would be brought to justice