Aung San Suu Kyi is fully aware of Myanmar atrocities, human rights director Meenakshi Ganguly tells George Galloway

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been killed, beaten or driven from their homes

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been killed, beaten or driven from their homes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A leading human rights campaigner has told talkRADIO that Aung San Suu Kyi must take responsibility for the tragedy unfolding in her country.

Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, spoke to George Galloway about the chaos in Myanmar, which has seen hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims killed, beaten or driven from their homes by the Buddhist majority community in Rakhine state.

Ganguly said "what we would like is for the Burmese military to know the world is not going to let them win."

Describing the situation in Myanmar, she said: "It's a disaster. There are now almost half a million refugees in Bangladesh. In Burma they are also displaced and without assistance.

"Fires are still burning. We have eyewitnesses saying it was the Burmese military that set this fire along with Buddhist mobs, Rakhine mobs, and yet the Burmese government insists all these fires are set by the villagers themselves.

"It is just a shocking, shocking disaster [and] the responsibility ultimately lies with the state.

"The only right outcome is these people go back home with dignity."

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who serves as Myanmar's state counsellor, a position akin to Prime Minister, must also take responsibility, Ganguly believes.

"She and her party members are fully aware, are personally aware, of the kind of abuses that the Burmese military can commit," the interviewee said.

"It is very important they speak up and the party find its voice."

George, meanwhile, said it is "an almost unspeakable scandal" that Britain has provided support to the Burmese military - although that support has been suspended today (September 19).