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Canada 'deeply concerned' over possible return of Rohingya to Myanmar

Canada 'deeply concerned' over possible return of Rohingya to Myanmar

Dr Mahathir, who is here for the 33rd Asean Summit and its related meetings, said he did not raise the issues personally with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi but through the intervention.

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) warmly welcomes and strongly supports the statement of the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in condemning the actions of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi in downplaying the massacre of the Rohingya people as defending the indefensible.

Pence said the arrest of the two journalists was "deeply troubling to millions of Americans".

"I am anxious to hear the progress that you are making of holding those accountable who are responsible for the violence that displaced so many hundreds of thousands and created such suffering, including the loss of life", he added.

Pence met Suu Kyi on the sidelines of an Asia summit in Singapore.

Suu Kyi responded by saying she understood the situation better than her country's critics.

But critics say her failure to use her huge domestic appeal to publicly castigate the generals or push for protection of the Rohingya makes her complicit.

It is unusual for leaders in the 10-nation group to publicly criticize each other.

Consequently, it must thus be asked, and Centhra thus accordingly asks when and at what juncture will the leaders of Asean heed the call to uphold basic human rights and dignity for all peoples, and thus finally decide that enough is enough, and finally take decisive action against the Burmese regime?

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Suu Kyi is the head of Myanmar's civilian government and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who suffered for years as a democratic activist and political prisoner under house arrest when Myanmar was ruled by a military junta. Amnesty International became the latest organisation to strip her of an award this week, citing the "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for".

Suu Kyi was brief in her remarks, saying each country knew their own situation best.

"So we are in a better position to explain to you what is happening, how we see things panning out", she said.

Amnesty International is calling on Myanmar and Bangladesh to end their plans to send Rohingya Muslims back to Rakhine state, where the United Nations says they are subject to extrajudicial killings and other atrocities carried out by Myanmar's military.

Bangladesh repatriation commissioner Abul Kalam said 30 refugee families would be transferred Thursday at the Gundrum border point near Cox's Bazar, where refugees have been living in cramped camps.

"But the ultimate success of the initiative still depended on the "voluntariness" of the refugees' decision to return", the official said.

Elsewhere in Rakhine State, over 100,000 Rohingya remain interned in camps, six years after a wave of violence led to their mass displacement.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, which earlier this week received a list from the Bangladesh government to assess whether the refugees wanted to go back to Myanmar voluntarily, said the start date of November 15 was an "ambitious plan".

Myanmar is preparing to receive 2260 Rohingya refugees, who are among 8032, 2260 people eligible for return according to a list drafted by Bangladesh. Mohammad, a Rohingya refugee in a Bangladesh camp called to tell me.