A top UN official says “crimes against humanity” are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation. Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in power almost a year, declined an interview.
Although the Myanmar constitution forbids her from becoming president, she is widely seen as de facto leader. But since she won an election landslide 16 months ago, Ms Suu Kyi has not done any interviews with journalists based in Myanmar – international or foreign – or held a meaningful press conference. The spokesman for Ms Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League of Democracy, Win Htein, told the BBC that under the current constitution, Ms Suu Kyi did not have the power to get the army to stop. – LEGGI L’ARTICOLO