Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Australia

P-3 copy (574 x 430)Sydney, Nov 27 (AP/UNB) – Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi defended herself on Wednesday against criticism that she should be doing more on behalf of a Muslim minority group that has been targeted by sectarian violence in parts of the predominantly Buddhist nation.
“I have always defended those whose human rights have been attacked,” Suu Kyi said in response to a question during a ceremony in her honor at Sydney’s Opera House. “But what people want is not defense but condemnation. They’re saying why am I not condemning this group or why am I not condemning that group. … I am not condemning because I have not found that condemnation brings good results. What I want to do is to achieve national reconciliation.”
Over the past two years, sectarian violence in Myanmar has left more than 240 people dead and forced another 240,000 to flee their homes, most of them members of the minority Rohingya community.
Suu Kyi, who became known as a human rights heroine when she fought against the nation’s previous military regime, has been criticized for not responding more aggressively to the issue. She declined to meet with an Organization of Islamic Cooperation delegation that recently visited Myanmar to look into the violence.