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Rohingya activist: Suu Kyi is denying our existence

Rohingya activists have accused Aung San Suu Kyi of “denying their existence”, after Myanmar’s leader failed to mention a humanitarian crisis that has seen the exodus of more than half a million refugees to Bangladesh since August.

In a speech on Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing new threats partly because of illegal immigration and the spread of “terrorism”, drawing criticism that she is trying to divert attention away from the Rohingya crisis.

“Today we are facing a new period of global uncertainty and instability,” Aung San Suu Kyi said at the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of foreign ministers in Naypyidaw.

“Conflicts around the world are giving rise to new threats and emergencies: illegal immigration, spread of terrorism and violent extremism, and even the threat of nuclear war.”

In August, a fierce military crackdown, in the wake of attacks on army posts, sent more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing what the United Nations has described as “textbook ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State.

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