Kashmir issue can not be compared to Rohingya issue: Er Rasheed

Parliamentarians demand withdrawal of presidential medal given to Suu Kyi

And what about Burma's resident saint, Aung San Suu Kyi, now in practice the head of a democratically elected government (although one still subject to a military veto on security matters)?

The surge of refugees - many sick or wounded - has strained the resources of aid agencies and communities already helping hundreds of thousands from previous spasms of violence in Myanmar.

Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya.

Human rights groups and journalists have been reporting a statewide scorched-earth campaign by Myanmar security forces to kill or otherwise expel Rohingya from the country.

Hussein Mohamed and Najma Maxamed of London, UK, on behalf of the organisation said: "We have had a storm of footages and reports being validated through the media, governments, and the United Nation's inspectors such as the ex-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, current UN investigators, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, BBC, Times, etc, who have all confirmed that the Myanmarian government has been persecuting and engaged in ethnic cleansing of the minority Rohingya (Rakhine State) Muslim community".

Witnesses say entire villages have been burned to the ground since Rohingya fighters launched a series of attacks on August 25, prompting the latest military-led crackdown.

In an open letter to Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday evening, Tutu talks of his profound sadness at the deadly situation playing out in the Rakhine state.

Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her long struggle against military rule, has come under increasing global criticism for the plight of the Rohingya.

Western critics have accused Suu Kyi of not speaking out for the Rohingya, who have been fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, following an army counter-offensive against militant attacks.

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A group of her fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates called on her to do this months ago. Though she made it clear that the government needed to "take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens", she also underlined that "our resources are not as complete and adequate as we would like them to be but still, we try our best and we want to make sure that everyone is entitled to the protection of the law".

Myanmar's constitution bars Suu Kyi from becoming the President in Myanmar because her sons are British, but she previously vowed to rule from "above".

The demonstration, organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), saw dozens of protestors waving banners decrying the Myanmar military's ongoing crimes against Rohingya Muslims.

The UN has warned that up to 300,000 Rohingya could stream into Bangladesh as they escape what the Myanmarese authorities have chillingly termed "clearance operations". Some of their ancestors may have been brought as coolies or indentured laborers from neighboring East Bengal (today Bangladesh) by the British rulers of the region.

Modi echoed many of Myanmar's views during his visit. Many others, citing satellite footage of scorched villages in Rakhine state and countless accounts of rape and the mass murder of civilians, insist that bar has already been met.

"People were squeezing into whatever space they could find on the rickety boats".

"Every time I see the news, my heart breaks", she wrote on Twitter.

"Most managed to swim ashore, but the children were missing".

"These people are hungry, starving to death together", he said.

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