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Holocaust Museum revokes human rights award to Myanmar leader Suu Kyi

Holocaust Museum revokes human rights award to Myanmar leader Suu Kyi

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March 7 (UPI) -- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has rescinded a human rights award it gave to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to act on the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in her country.The award, named after Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, was given to Suu Kyi in 2012 shortly after she was released from a 15-year house arrest for resisting the country's military dictatorship and advocating for human rights in her country.But the museum says that since Suu Kyi was elected to lead Burma in 2016, she allowed the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority to worsen."As the military's attacks against the Rohingya unfolded in 2016 and 2017, we had hoped that you -- as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity an...
Myanmar leader visits violence-hit district

Myanmar leader visits violence-hit district

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Aung San Suu Kyi has visited areas of Myanmar hit by ethnic violence for the first time since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims began fleeing the country.The Myanmar leader boarded a military helicopter at Sittwe, Rakhine state capital, and will travel to the border district of Maungdaw, which has seen the greatest exodus of people across the border into Bangladesh.Ms Suu Kyi has faced strong international condemnation for her response to what UN officials have termed "ethnic cleansing" by the army in the region.Spokesman Zaw Htay said: "She will go to Maungdaw, and I cannot give any more details."Video:Special report: The Rohingya crisis More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh since a military counter-insurgency operation was ...
Myanmar bear with giant tongue saved by veterinarian team

Myanmar bear with giant tongue saved by veterinarian team

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Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A team of veterinarians traveled to Myanmar to perform surgery on a bear with a tongue so large, it dragged on the floor."I've worked with bears for over 10 years and I've never seen anything like it," said Heather Bacon of the University of Edinburgh's royal school of veterinary studies, according to the Guardian. "It's pretty astonishing."The bear's name is Nyan htoo and he had almost been captured by traffickers who would have sent him to China tobe killed for his gall bladder bile, which is in high demand there for use in traditional medicine. But fortunately for Nyan htoo, monks came to the rescue and took him to a monastery in rural Myanmar. His tongue, which weighed almost 7 pounds, was so large he had to rest his head against the side of his cage to support its wei...
Rohingya raids on Myanmar forces leave dozens dead

Rohingya raids on Myanmar forces leave dozens dead

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Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A series of attacks on Myanmar government forces claimed by Rohingya fighters left dozens of people dead, Myanmar officials said.The raids took place on 30 posts on the Bangladesh frontier in the Maungdaw district and left a Myanmar solider, 10 police and an immigration official dead, the Office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement. Seventy-seven Rohingya militants also died.The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, an insurgent group seeking to create a democratic Muslim state for the ethnic group, said it carried out the attacks in response to "atrocities" and a blockade carried out by the government against Rohingya people. The group said the blockade is starving people to death."Over the last two days, Burmese security forces along with some Rakhine extre...