Duterte tells Suu Kyi to ignore 'noisy' rights activists over Rohingya crisis

Duterte tells Suu Kyi to ignore 'noisy' rights activists over Rohingya crisis

A senior USA diplomat from an worldwide panel, set up by Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise on the crisis affecting Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim population.

Myanmar analyst Khin Zaw Win said Mr Richardson's words could deliver a "much-needed jolt for Aung San Suu Kyi and for the people around her who are not reporting the truth to her".

"The relationship with the West, with human rights groups, with the United Nations, with the worldwide media is awful", he told news agencies on phone from New Mexico on Friday.

Richardson also accused Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of disparaging United Nations and human rights workers, INGOs as well as the global community.

President Duterte earlier hit Suu Kyi for her failure to address the Rohingya crisis as he defended his drug war from human rights advocates, saying there worse abuses happening in the world. "(She doesn't) want to hear bad news, and I think that's what's happened to her, to my friend", he said.

Aung San Suu Kyi is drawing heavy global criticism for her poor handling of tge Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

"In view of the difference of opinion that developed, the government decided that his continued participation on the (advisory) board would not be the best interest of all concerned", the statement said.Prior to that statement, a spokesman for Suu Kyi told CNN "we are very sorry about Mr Richardson's resignation".

Stung by global criticism and accusations of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, Suu Kyi had said in November a year ago that Rohingya who can prove they were residents of Myanmar would be accepted back. He said he had informed the U.S. Ambassador in Yangon and the State Department of his intention to resign but did not seek their guidance or permission to do so.

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Myanmar said the journalists' case was outside the advisory board's purview - an interpretation Richardson disputed. But he declined to disclose details of his conversation with the chief diplomat in Donald Trump's administration. However, Rohingya leaders in Kutupalong, a refugee camp in Bangladesh housing some 650,000 refugees, have drawn up a list of demands Myanmar authorities must meet before the repatriation process gets underway.

A separate statement from the nine remaining members of the advisory board on Thursday said they met this week "with open minds" and rejected Richardson's criticism that he feared the panel would be used as "a cheerleading squad".

"It became evident that the intent of Governor Bill Richardson was ... to pursue his own agenda", the statement said. "And she exploded", he said on Friday.

Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested in December and face up to 14 years in jail under the Official Secrets Act over the alleged possession of classified documents, purportedly relating to the army campaign in Rakhine.

The man under constant fire over human rights issues has a piece of advice to Myanmar's Nobel Peace laureate and democracy icon: just ignore the critics.

United Nations officials, former United States president Barack Obama, European lawmakers, former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria, and a slew of Philippine and worldwide human rights groups have criticized him for his bloody drug war.

"I believe that the Myanmar government has emphasised speed instead of systems", he said.

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