Britain says suspends training of Myanmar military following violence

Rohingya Muslim refugees protect themselves from rain in Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh

"Human rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and harmony and undermine the rule of law will be addressed in accordance with strict laws and justice", Suu Kyi said in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, in her first speech since recent violence erupted in the country's northern Rakhine state. A military campaign by Myanmar's security forces has destroyed thousands of homes across Maungdaw and Rathedaung Townships, Human Rights Watch said.

With almost half of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population having fled the country in the past three weeks, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the crisis publicly for the first time - and called it a mystery.

The Rohingya refugees have fled since the ongoing violence broke out on August 25 when Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) rebels attacked police checkposts and killed 12 security personnel.

"They looted our house, then marched us with more than a hundred of our neighbours to a secluded spot", she told the Dhaka Tribune.

On September 15, the Burmese Government Information Committee stated that, "Those who fled the villages made their way to the other country for fear of being arrested as they got involved in the violent attacks" - implying that the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children who fled to Burma were responsible for militant attacks against the government.

Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that most Muslims within the conflict zone stayed and that "more than 50 percent of their villages were intact".

Suu Kyi said that the government efforts to "restore the situation to normalcy" are succeeding, adding that "Since the fifth of September, there have been no armed clashes and there have been no clearance operations".

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Suu Kyi's pledge to repatriate the refugees "is new and significant", said Richard Horsey, an independent analyst based in Myanmar, explaining it would in principle allow for the return of those who can prove residence in Myanmar-rather than citizenship. More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since then.

"While it was positive to hear Aung San Suu Kyi condemn human rights violations in Rakhine state, she is still silent about the role of the security forces in this", James Gomez, Amnesty International's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said in a statement.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, just hours after Aung San Suu Kyi failed to quell an global outcry in a much-anticipated address.

Kyaw Min, chairman of Yangon-based Rohingya party-the Democracy and Human Rights, said it would be hard for refugees to show documents of their status from Myanmar because they fled for their lives in terrible conditions. I liked what she said.

In her speech, Suu Kyi invited diplomats to visit villages that weren't affected so they could learn why fighting did not take place in those areas.

Anika said she was able to escape in the confusion and friendly people helped her get across the river Naf to Bangladesh. Because of the torture in Muangdaw town (in Rakhine state) people ran away to Bangladesh. But to do so would risk going against the will of her own people, and might even motivate the military to replace her.

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