Myanmar's Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit

Aung San Suu Kyi left at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Sydney on March 17

The meeting was the first ASEAN leaders' summit held in Australia.

Australia and Southeast Asian leaders have received a request from Myanmar to grant humanitarian aid amid its Rohingya crisis.

Mr Najib's comments on the Rohingya crisis marked a departure from ASEAN's usual protocols that ensure leaders don't raise concerns about controversial domestic issues in member countries.

"Aung San Suu Kyi has complete immunity, including from being served with court documents because under customary global law, heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs are immune from foreign criminal proceedings and are inviolable - they can not be arrested, detained, or served with court proceedings".

"She seeks support from ASEAN and other nations to provide help ... from a humanitarian and capacity-building point of view. Our goal is to support the peaceful and speedy resolution of the humanitarian. disaster that has resulted from the conflict", he said.

ASEAN chair, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said all member countries would do their best to help the Myanmar government re-establish stability.

More than 600,000 Rohingyas have been forced out of Myanmar and into squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Sharing a stage with Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi at a regional counter-terrorism conference in Sydney on Saturday, Razak said the turmoil in Myanmar's Rakhine state was a security threat to Southeast Asia.

Ms Suu Kyi will also give a much-anticipated speech at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.

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Among the atrocities, villages were burned, women raped and babies murdered.

In November, then-US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya as "ethnic cleansing".

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi's invitation has sparked protests, which included about 100 activists gathering in Sydney's Hyde Park where they chanted "Aung San Suu Kyi, shame on you".

Last December, the United Nations human rights boss Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein would not rule out genocide charges against Ms Suu Kyi and slammed her failure to use the term "Rohingya".

"Because of the suffering of Rohingya people and that of displacement around the region, the situation in Rakhine state and Myanmar can no longer be considered to be a purely domestic matter. because it has the potential of developing into a serious security threat to the region", The Guardian quoted Razak as saying.

Meanwhile, Attorney-General Christian Porter has ruled out a bid by Melbourne lawyers to prosecute Ms Suu Kyi on crimes against humanity.

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Ms Suu Kyi will stay in Australia after the summit on a formal visit.


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