Suu Kyi Calls for Troops to Tackle Arakan Unrest

Suu Kyi Calls for Troops to Tackle Arakan Unrest

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi uses her first parliamentary speech to call for ethnic rights. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

RANGON—Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and lawmakers from ethnic minority parties are calling on the government to deploy more troops to restore peace and stability in Arakan (Rakhine) State that has been hit by recent deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

They issued a joint statement on Wednesday urging the government to explain its policies on handling the ethnic conflict in western Burma, where officials say about 90 people were killed last month and more than 30,000 made homeless.

They stressed that the concerns of both groups—Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims—should be addressed.

In earlier violence during June, around the same number of people were killed and 75,000 made homeless. Suu Kyi has emphasized the necessity of restoring the rule of law and dealing with the root causes of the tensions.

Many of her foreign supporters have been disappointed that the Nobel Laureate has not taken a stand condemning discrimination toward the Rohingya, who have suffered most of the casualties and losses in the latest violence.

The statement also said the government should be clear about how it intends to apply a 1982 law that deals with the rules for citizenship for those who consider themselves Rohingya. Most of the UN-estimated 800,000 Rohingya in Burma are stateless and denied basic rights.

The statement did not mention neighboring Bangladesh by name, but suggested that it contributed to the problem. Many in Myanmar regard the Rohingya as being mostly illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, although the number in that category is hotly debated as thousands have lived in the country for generations.

“Both governments that share common boundaries should respect and take responsibility for border security and immigration matters,” it said. “It is imperative that both countries systematically prevent border crossings and ensure border security.”

Bangladesh also refuses to consider the Rohingya its citizens, and blocks those trying to enter from Myanmar, though it houses many in refugee camps.


2 Responses to Suu Kyi Calls for Troops to Tackle Arakan Unrest

  1. I support the idea of deploying more army in Rakhine state and western border where peoples are crossing illegally into Burma.
    Also Government needs to find resolution for those illegal migrant Bengali Rohingya resettlement in their homeland Bangladesh. Burmese Government needs to tough on Bangladeshi Government about Bangladeshi citizens who are living illegally in Burma.
    UN and Human Right Organizations must pressure on Bangladeshi Government for to accept it citizens and their descendents from Rakhine, Burma.
    Sai Lin Kan

  2. George Than Setkyar Heine

     “Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and lawmakers from ethnic
    minority parties are calling on the government to deploy more troops to
    restore peace and stability in Arakan (Rakhine) State that has been hit
    by recent deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims”.
    Daw Suu and ethnic lawmakers are RIGHT and RELEVANT as well until to this point and juncture (call for more troop deployment and restore peace and stability in Arakan State).
    Of course Daw Suu SEES the TRUE COLOR and PICTURE of WHAT IS GOING ON IN Arakan State as well no doubt.
    And Thein Sein KNOWS BEST in that regard as well I bet.
    BEST BET to CLEAR/UNWRAP the ROHINGYA MESS is to TAKE ACCURATE CENSUS at the EARLIEST in Arakan State for a start.
    Then only the EXACT FIGURES could be OBTAIN for further PROCESSING in line with the standing LAWS/REGULATIONS of the country.
    Half a century of NEGLECT and LACK of BORDER SECURITY on the part of the past ruling bodies in Burma mainly the MILITARY JUNTAS holding sway over the country for most decades as well are RESPONSIBLE for that matter (Rohingya incursion into Arakan State) in the first place I say.
    Of course CORRUPTION on the part of the IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL headed by Khin Yee  as well has a SIGNIFICANT HAND in the Rohingya mayhem in Arakan State no doubt.
    And in turn Than Shwe and his sidekicks in the previous ruling military juntas are in line and order as well to FACE the MUSIC – stand trial – for DERELICTION of DUTY as well no less.
    The BOTTOM LINE and BASICALLY for Thein Sein’s regime at Naypyidaw in HANDLING the Rohingya mess is ROHINGYA ARE NO NATIVES of BURMA and BELONG to NO ETHNIC GROUP in the country hence HAVE NO RIGHT nor CLAIM on CITIZENSHIP of BURMA as well for ALL to HEAR and NOTE as well.
    FAILING to ADHERE TO or HANDLE the MATTER ACCORDINGLY as EXPRESSED would PLACE Thein Sein and his lot at Naypyidaw at RISK of a NATIONWIDE UPRISING much more LETHAL and DISASTROUS as well than the one on August 8, 1988, lest the president of today’s Burma forgets.

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