Suu Kyi Is Under Attack Over Her Response to Rohingya Crisis

Suu Kyi Is Under Attack Over Her Response to Rohingya Crisis
Thu Sep 7, 2017 11:45:31

For decades Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the globe’s most famous political prisoners, winning a Nobel Peace Prize and receiving tributes from world leaders and rock stars like U2’s Bono.

Now she’s under attack over her response to a fresh round of violence that has seen more than 145,000 minority Rohingya Muslims flee into neighboring Bangladesh since last month. Myanmar’s army said more than 400 people have died in the past few weeks and most of them are “militants,” while human-rights groups say hundreds of villagers have been killed.

The crisis threatens to sap investor confidence in the fast-growing Southeast Asian nation, which saw the U.S. and European nations drop sanctions after the military junta released Suu Kyi from house arrest in 2010. Foreign companies that rushed in are again worried about risks from human rights concerns.

“It certainly impacts sentiment,” said Hal G. Bosher, chief executive officer of Yoma Bank in Myanmar’s financial capital Yangon. “The Rohingya issue is giving foreign investors pause that maybe this is not the perfect story we had hoped.”

Suu Kyi, 72, fought back on Wednesday. In a readout of a phone call with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, she said “a huge iceberg of misinformation” is creating divisions in society to promote the interests of terrorists. She noted that Turkey also dealt with terrorism, and said Myanmar is doing its best to ensure it doesn’t spread through its western state of Rakhine.

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