Rohingya crisis: Are Suu Kyi’s Rohingya claims correct?

Rohingya crisis: Are Suu Kyi's Rohingya claims correct?
Aung San Suu KyiImage copyrightEPA

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been speaking about the violence and refugee crisis in Rakhine State.

The BBC’s South East Asia correspondent, Jonathan Head, who has been covering the story of the Rohingya people from both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, assesses her claims.

Aung San Suu Kyi: “There have been no conflicts since the 5 September and no clearance operations.”

On 7 September, I was on a government-organised media trip in the town of Alel Than Kyaw, where we heard automatic weapons fire in the distance and saw four large columns of smoke, indicating villages being burned.

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Image caption Four columns of smoke near Alel Than Kyaw on 7 September

Later that same day, we came across the Rohingya village of Gaw Du Thar Ya being set alight by Rakhine Buddhist men, in front of armed policemen and close to a police barracks.

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