Malala hits out at Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

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YANGON: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai and mainly Muslim countries in Asia led a growing chorus of criticism on Monday aimed at Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh in the past 10 days after a flare-up in fighting between militants and Myanmar's military in strife-torn western Rakhine state.

The recent violence is the worst Rakhine has witnessed in years, with the UN saying Myanmar's army may have committed ethnic cleansing in its response.

Ms Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner of Myanmar's junta, has come under increasing fire over her perceived unwillingness to speak out against the treatment of the Rohingya or chastise the military.

She has made no public comment since the latest fighting broke out on Aug 25.

"Every time I see the news, my heart breaks at the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar," Pakistani activist Yousafzai said on Twitter.

"I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment... Waiting for Suu Kyi to do the same." - AFP

Malala hits out at Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis
An Indian activist prepares posters against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. PHOTO: AFP