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Maung Swe
Their reasons were not acceptable. They must stay in their original place. If they need food, we are ready to send it. Don't worry about it.feedback
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NEW Sep 19 2017
Burma has been commented on by 304 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Burma are: Stephen Constantine, Aung San Suu Kyi and Phil Robertson. For instance, the most recent quote from Stephen Constantine is: “Let's not get greedy. Credit goes to the boys as it was absolutely a team performance from the beginning to end. We rode our luck in the first half. Chhetri made an unbelievable run just like he did in Myanmar. He is still fit and I have to thank the medical staff who got him in the position where he is today. Pleased that I didn't play him against Nepal and maybe he couldn't have made that run had he not been protected. I am pleased for all Indians. Six points and now take a breather, need another 6 I guess.”.
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Boris Johnson

What we are trying to get everyone to agree is that, number one, the killings have got to stop, and the violence has got to stop. And we look not just to the military but also to Daw Suu to show a lead on that.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees. What I can expect from them, and especially (the) president. He already declared his mind ... so why I should ask?feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The use of nuclear weapons should be unthinkable. Even the threat of their use can never be condoned. But today global anxieties about nuclear weapons are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War. We are all shocked by the dramatic escalation of sectarian tensions in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations, allow unhindered humanitarian access and recognize the right of refugees to return in safety and dignity. They must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence. We are committed to the restoration of peace and stability and rule of law throughout the state. Human rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and harmony and undermine the rule of law will be addressed in accordance with strict laws and justice. We feel deeply for the suffering of all the people caught up in the conflict.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

If that is true, then who is burning all the villages we've seen in the past two weeks?feedback

Nikki Haley

We continue to hear reports of violence and suffering. People are still at risk of being attacked or killed, humanitarian aid is not reaching the people who need it, and innocent civilians are still fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.feedback

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This could be Syria. This could be Myanmar. I didn't plan on becoming a director. But through directing I've had to learn a lot. And I've tried different styles and I've learned different things. When I did 'Unbroken,' I was going to the classics that I loved and trying to understand that. This one, I think I finally found something that was just mine, that wasn't something that I was in any way trying to emulate. I was thinking: I know children and I love the way children look at things.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

I think it is very important that this does not become personalised around one person, and I think that it is very important in the week the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York that there is a unified message that says that the basic norms of human rights and protection of minorities but also the essential need for humanitarian aid to flow, that those norms are followed in Myanmar just as elsewhere and it's very important that the political complexity inside a country does not overwhelm fundamental rights.feedback

Boris Johnson

It is barbaric what is happening to the Rohingya, there can be no doubt about it. And of course, it's up to Daw Suu, state counsel and Aung San Suu Kyi to show leadership to try and impose her will on the military.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

The crisis cannot leave anybody indifferent; this situation needs a collective response from the international community and we reiterate our call for the cessation of violence against civilian populations. We ask for the Myanmar security forces to ensure their protection and to re-establish a secure humanitarian access. We expect from Mrs Aung Sang Suu Kyi tomorrow a strong statement in this direction.feedback

Tim Jepson

Rising from the plain's canopy of green are temples, dozens of them, hundreds of them, beautiful, other-worldly silhouettes that were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287, when their kingdom was swept away by earthquakes and Kublai Khan and his invading Mongols.feedback

Liddy Pleasants

Large parts of the country now rely on tourism to a very great degree. In the past, much of the tourist infrastructure was owned by the government and there was a compelling argument that a tourist embargo would help avoid giving money to the government and therefore help bring about change.feedback

Liddy Pleasants

Some clients are concerned about visiting Burma from a moral point of view during the current troubles. This is a more difficult personal decision. Our own view is that avoiding travel to Burma does not achieve anything and can in fact be to the detriment of the country as a whole.feedback

Liddy Pleasants

None of the areas on our itineraries are in any way impacted by the current problems. Ngapali Beach is in Rakhine State but in the far south and around 500km away from where the violence is occurring.feedback

Qamrul Islam

We'll buy 100,000 tonnes of white rice from Myanmar at US$442 a tonne. It will take some time to complete formalities. Then shipment will start.feedback

Maung Swe

There is nothing to be concerned about. Southern Rathedaung is completely safe.feedback

Katina Adams

Tens of thousands of people reportedly lack adequate food, water, and shelter in northern Rakhine State. The government should act immediately to assist them.feedback

Eric Schwartz

The stories that we are hearing. I visited a hospital yesterday, children ages 1, 5, 10 suffered burn wounds, gunshot wounds and with human beings essentially treated like animals.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We too are concerned. We want to find out what the real problems are. There have been allegations and counter-allegations. We have to listen to all of them. The majority have not joined the exodus. We want to find out why this exodus is happening. Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny.feedback

Ali Riaz

We have seen how democratic and nationalist movements can be taken over by transnational terrorist groups. The presence of legitimate discontent, despair and desperation among hundreds and thousands of people, growing radicalisation of a movement, asymmetry of forces engaged in the conflict and a religious dimension to the crisis all provide a conducive environment. Neither the Myanmar government nor the regional powers should let this situation happen with the Rohingya.feedback

Julie Bishop

And we emphasized the need for humanitarian support to get through and also that the Rohingya must be able to return home.feedback

Stefan Wolff

From Kosovo to Silesia, the competing claims of distinct ethnic groups to self-determination have been the most prominent sources of conflicts within and across state boundaries.feedback

Sean Turnell

The people who lead this government are the same people who faced down evil for decades. They remain Myanmar's best hope.feedback

John Sifton

Burmese security forces are committing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and disregarding the condemnation of world leaders. The time has come to impose tougher measures that Burma's generals cannot ignore.feedback

Yun Sun

This is basically an opportunity for China and a vulnerability of Aung San Suu Kyi. The Chinese government says the Rohingya issue doesn't affect us and by supporting Aung San Suu Kyi we don't lose anything.feedback

Min Aung Hlaing

The violence was an organized attempt of extremist Bengalis in Rakhine state to build a stronghold. They have demanded recognition as Rohingya, which has never been an ethnic group in Myanmar.feedback

Abdus Salam - Cox

Many of them are suffering from diarrhea, dehydration and skin diseases. They are coming to hospitals with such complications.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

We want peace; we want good relations with our neighbouring countries. But we can't tolerate and accept any injustice.feedback

Matt Smith

We've talked about the risks of radicalization for years, and the writing was on the wall for some sort of militant activity. In our view, the best way to deal with risks of extremism and radicalization is to promote and respect the rights of the Rohingya, which is not what the Myanmar military is doing.feedback

Noor Kamal

We are the ones who are suffering because of Al Yaqin. They disappeared after the attack. We were the ones left behind for the military to kill.feedback

Abul Osman

Even if I stay in my home, I could get killed by the military. I might as well die fighting for my rights, as directed by my almighty God. My sacrifice will earn me a place in heaven.feedback

Noor Alam

This fight is not just about my fate or my family's fate. It's a matter of the existence of all Rohingya. If we have to sacrifice ourselves for our children to live peacefully, then it is worth it.feedback

Mark T. Pierce - Save the Children

Many people are arriving hungry, exhausted and with no food or water. I'm particularly worried that the demand for food, shelter, water and basic hygiene support is not being met due to the sheer number of people in need. If families can't meet their basic needs, the suffering will get even worse and lives could be lost.feedback

Mark T. Pierce - Save the Children

That can only be done if the international community steps up funding.feedback

Mohd Mominul Haq

We are trying our best to help them, but the situation is beyond our capacity. He had a fever and wouldn't stop shaking.feedback

Hazel Dawe

Suu Kyi has been widely admired in Oxford, to which she has a close personal connection, for her courageous stance on human rights in Burma, for her persistence against the odds and for remaining stubbornly peaceful in the face of military aggression.feedback

M. Iqbal Hossain

There is an instruction from the prime minister that we must treat Rohingya Muslims maintaining human rights. As many private and social organizations are coming and distributing relief, sometimes chaos breaks out ... You understand the scale of a humanitarian crisis here, it's very difficult to keep order, but we are doing so.feedback

Edouard Beigbeder - UNICEF

There are a lot of weak and malnourished children among the new arrivals. If proper preventive measures are not taken, highly infectious diseases, especially measles, could even cause an outbreak.feedback

Asaduzzaman Khan

The Rohingya refugees won't be allowed to go outside the camp.feedback

Chris Lom - International Organization for Migration

There are still, we believe, thousands of people waiting to take boats across to Cox's Bazar.feedback

Marixie Mercado - UNICEF

They are living in conditions that are prime for the spread of diseases. They are living pretty much anywhere that they have been able to find space, there is very very little safe water, there are very, very few latrines, there are many mosquitoes.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We are very much active in relation to the Rohingya crisis but unfortunately it has not been easy because the government of Myanmar until now has been completely deaf to our requests. We are troubled.feedback

Mark Faber

Some Japanese companies are actually quite good value. I personally prefer investments in Indochina, in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and also Laos. That is the region I think has enormous economic potential and there will be plenty of opportunities. But for institutional investors, the Japanese market offers in some sectors very good value.feedback

Fergal Keane

Last December, when Vijay Nambiar, the UN Special Representative to Myanmar, urged Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Rakhine state, he was rebuffed.feedback

Zaw Htay

We don't block anyone. We don't block any organisations sending aid to those areas but they might have some difficulty travelling where access is restricted by local authorities for security reasons.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The sightings of Burmese military vehicles and soldiers in a Rohingya village as it goes up in flames fills in some blank spaces of the overwhelming satellite imagery of destruction. Concerned governments need to convey the message to Burma's Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and other senior commanders that they could be implicated in grave crimes unless they act swiftly to stop the atrocities and hold those responsible to account.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

It's becoming clear that the Myanmar government may be moving forward with a larger political plan to replace agencies on the ground in Rakhine with the much more malleable and less-inclined-to-speak-publicly Myanmar Red Cross.feedback

Marina Aguilar Rodriguez

For the time being we are unable to reach the 28,000 children who were receiving psychosocial care, as well as the almost 6,500 children under five who were being treated for severe acute malnutrition treatment in northern Rakhine. We are no longer able to provide the almost 2,000 caregivers with access to infant and young child feeding counselling, and our water and sanitation interventions, which have been reaching some 25,000 people only this year, are also no longer operative.feedback

Sanela Bajrambasic

The ICRC is not stepping up on behalf of any other organisation or NGO. The ICRC has a presence in the state since 2012 and we have been helping the population according to our humanitarian mandate and principles … We need to scale up our support.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The plan would then be to tap that national society's connections to the international Red Cross movement to ensure assistance dollars continue. By doing so, Myanmar's leader and her military allies are doubling down on a truly cynical strategy to threaten the disruption of humanitarian supplies to displaced persons in order to control the narrative about the events on the ground.feedback

Mitch McConnell

In my view, publicly condemning Aung San Suu Kyi–the best hope for democratic reform in Burma–is simply not constructive. … Unfounded criticism of Suu Kyi exaggerates her ability to command the military, which the Burmese constitution does not actually allow her to do.feedback

Christophe Boulierac

The camps are totally overcrowded. It's very muddy and raining every day.feedback

Christophe Boulierac

The worrying news is we don't see any indication that this influx is decreasing.feedback

Christophe Boulierac

Very frankly speaking, we are scaling up, but it is such an unprecedented influx.feedback

Boris Johnson

It's vital for her now to make clear that this is an abomination, and that these people will be allowed back. That those people will be allowed back to Burma and that preparation is being made, and that the abuse of their human rights and the killings–hundreds, perhaps even thousands–then the killings will stop.feedback

Mohammed Abdiker

We urge the international community to step up humanitarian support and come up with help. The number may rise to 600,000, 700,000, even one million if the situation in Myanmar does not improve.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

This violence must stop. This persecution must stop. It's been characterized by many as ethnic cleansing – that must stop. And we need to support [Myanmar State Counselor] Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership. But also be very clear and unequivocal to the military power-sharing government that this is unacceptable.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Myanmar is systematically violating the rights of the Rohingya ... and both the government and the military now need to suffer serious consequences for this.feedback

Richard Weir - Human Rights Watch

For nations that are not parties to the treaty, the use of anti-personnel mines violates customary international law, because the weapons are inherently indiscriminate and cause disproportionate long-term harm to civilians.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

When an army is burning people out of their villages all over northern Rakhine state and using violence against civilians, it results in the kind of incredible refugee flows we're seeing. We have not yet been able to determine whether a 'state of war' is present in Rakhine state.feedback

Vladimir Putin

They'd rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

Several countries want an open session, which, in my national capacity, I would support.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The last official letter sent by the secretary general to the security council on an issue was in 1989 about Lebanon.feedback

Tekeda Alemu

In my national capacity, I probably would have liked it to move a little bit further.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

The humanitarian situation is catastrophic. This is a dramatic tragedy. People are dying and suffering in horrible numbers and we need to stop it.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

When one-third of the Rohingya population has got to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it? I call on Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country. Muslims of Rakhine state must be granted nationality or, at least for now, a legal status so they can lead a normal life. I believe that we are facing a very dramatic situation, and that is the reason why I appealed to the Security Council to seriously consider the situation.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

Well I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it? This is a dramatic tragedy.feedback

Zaw Htay

With Bangladesh government's cooperation, both sides can verify whose mines by using expert teams.feedback

Ata Ullah

Our primary objective is to liberate our people from the dehumanizing oppression perpetrated by all successive Burmese regimes. Terrorists go home!feedback

Zaw Htay

The state counsellor won't attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.feedback

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Most of them are living in basic structures, with a roof made of tarpaulin and bamboo frames. Some of them are still stranded in open places.feedback

Joseph Tripura - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Some of them… described their houses being burnt, their relatives being shot. Many fled into jungles and mountains and were hiding for days.feedback

Zaw Htay

The first reason [Ms. Suu Kyi cannot attend] is because of the Rakhine terrorist attacks. The state counselor is focusing to calm the situation in Rakhine state. There are circumstances. The second reason is, there are people inciting riots in some areas. We are trying to take care of the security issue in many other places. The third is that we are hearing that there will be terrorist attacks and we are trying to address this issue.feedback

Ariful Islam

The people who arrived in the early days after the atrocities, now they've come out.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

Myanmar will have to take back all Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh. Myanmar has created the problem and they will have to solve it. We want peaceful relations with our neighbours, but we can't accept any injustice. Stop this violence against innocent people.feedback

Geng Shuang

We condemn the violent attacks which happened in Rakhine state in Myanmar. We support Myanmar's efforts in upholding peace and stability in the Rakhine state. We hope order and the normal life there will be recovered as soon as possible. We think the international community should support the efforts of Myanmar in safeguarding the stability of its national development.feedback

Tirana Hassan

The violence against Rohingya in northwest Burma is starting to look like a full-blown campaign of ethnic cleansing.feedback

Leonard Doyle

The system is clearly at full stretch and needs all the support it can get. Clearly the estimates [of refugee numbers] have been bypassed several times over. I'm reluctant to give a number but obviously people fear that it could go much higher.feedback

Boris Johnson

There can be no doubt that the treatment of the Rohingya is a disgrace and I'm afraid it is damaging the reputation of Burma (Myanmar). And all of us who wish Aung San Suu Kyi well, the State Counsellor well, all of us who admire her, hope she will be able to use her leadership to get the military to do the right thing for that beleaguered and oppressed minority.feedback

Sajid Ishaq

This is a human crisis of grave proportions. It is hard for me to believe what I am reading, hearing and watching. I urge the U.N. to stir from its slumber and react as it did in the case of East Timor.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

They should stop [the violence]. The Myanmar government should have handled this situation patiently and [not] allowed the army of the law enforcement agencies to attack the common people. What are the crimes of the women, children, the innocent people? They are not responsible.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The massive displacement and victimisation of people, including large numbers of the ethnic Rohingya community and other minorities, shows that Burmese security forces are not protecting civilians.feedback

Malik Ishfaque

We act against these people because they are a group of thieves.feedback

Noor Jabbar

You ask if we have enough to eat or drink, but I ask you: What is our condition when we cannot even say we are Burmese?feedback

Noor Hussain Arkani

We are so poor already, but even then we try to raise whatever little money we can among ourselves. But we need more help from Pakistani people who are rich, who have resources.feedback

Mohammad Younis

When I try and take my nets and go out, I get stopped by the police, who ask for my ID. I show them documents to prove I am trying to renew my ID card, but they don't even let me leave the colony. We will die, trapped here without access to our means of livelihood.feedback

Noor Hussain Arkani

We need world pressure behind us to end this violence, this hell. Just issuing statements isn't enough.feedback

Khalid Saifullah

They won't let me be a citizen, because then they have to give me rights and they won't call me a refugee because then they have to give me aid. I am not a citizen or a refugee. I am an illegal alien. I am nothing.feedback

Noor Hussain Arkani

Without cards, we are blocked out of jobs, our children can't apply for admission in high schools and we can't access government hospitals.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

Women are being raped and tortured, children are being killed, and houses are being set on fire in Rakhine area.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

We don't understand why successive Myanmar regimes carried out such atrocities on a particular community when the country is comprised of different groups.feedback

Pope Francis

I was leaning over to greet children, and I saw the glass, and boom!feedback

Arshad Zamman

I will try to find money here. I will beg and hopefully some people will help me.feedback

Mahmood Ali

The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide. Should all people be killed? Should all villages be burnt? It is not acceptable.feedback

Tirana Hassan

All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points. This a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution. Instead of denying responsibility, Myanmar should put the safety of people in the border area at the forefront. There is a reason why the use of antipersonnel landmines is illegal: they kill and maim indiscriminately and can't distinguish between fighters and ordinary people.feedback

Aung Myint

Aung San Su Kyi will definitely implement (the citizenship recommendation) under the Annan commission, but it will be difficult for her because the military does not want it.feedback

Aung Myint

It is clear that the military want to drive out Muslim people from these areas but Daw Suu's government has not allowed it to do so. ANP has same idea as the military. They also want to drive out Muslim people, and they accuse that all Muslims are migrants from Bangladesh.feedback

Duniya Aslam Khan - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas.feedback

Tirana Hassan

This is another low in what is already a horrific situation in Rakhine State. The Myanmar military's callous use of inherently indiscriminate and deadly weapons at highly trafficked paths around the border is putting the lives of ordinary people at enormous risk. The Myanmar authorities should stop issuing blanket denials. All the evidence suggests that its own security forces are planting landmines that are not only unlawful, but that are already maiming ordinary people.feedback

NICHOLAS KRISTOF

Aung San Suu Kyi, a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner, is presiding over an ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.feedback

Joy Singhal

The U.N. and INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and...they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers. In such an environment, the government has invited the Red Cross to assist them.feedback

Desmond Tutu

I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya. My dear sister, if the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep... We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people. We pray for you to intervene. The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread.feedback

Leonard Doyle

What we know is what people are saying as they come across, and what they're saying now, given this been going on since Aug. 25, is they are in an absolutely desperate state. They say (they are) living out in (the) open, without protection from the tropical sun with their children, without enough food to eat.feedback

Olav Njolstad

It is not possible to strip a Nobel Peace Prize laureate of his or her award once bestowed, . None of the prize awarding committees in Stockholm and Oslo has ever considered revoking a prize after it has been awarded.feedback

Vivian Tan

This is an alarming number. The existing camps are full to the capacity. There is a lot of pressure on relief agencies to accommodate the rising numbers.feedback

Mohammed Idriss

They thought she might have been Rabia, but she wasn't. We're not sure if she was killed or not. We are hoping.feedback

Mohammed Idriss

I had a bag filled with oil, sugar, flour, 10,000 kyat, rice – things I had taken from the house when we left. When we got to the Naf river [the Bangladesh border], the Myanmar army started shooting. After the speech, the soldiers went from house to house. They were with [local Rakhine Buddhists] and took everything they could find that was valuable: gold, cash, clothes, potatoes and rice. They smashed up houses of three or four people they said had been spreading rumours. They were looking for fighters. The Buddhists had told them about fighters, but there were none there.feedback

Shinni Kubo - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We need to prepare for many more to come, I am afraid. We need huge financial resources. This is unprecedented. This is dramatic. It will continue for weeks and weeks.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

The widespread destruction of urban areas in Maungdaw town suggests that Burmese security forces are not just attacking Rohingya Muslims in isolated villages. The Burmese government has an obligation to protect everyone in the country, but if safety cannot even be found in area capitals, then no place may be safe.feedback

Jonathan Head

One of them admitted he had lit the fires, and said he had help from the police.feedback

Dipayan Bhattacharyya - World Food Programme

If they don't come forward now, we may see that these people would be fighting for food among themselves, the crime rate would go up, violence against women and on children would go up.feedback

Abu Kalam

They regularly tortured me, asking 'are you connected with al-Yaqin?feedback

Abu Kalam

After October, the military told us not to have knives. When they saw me using one they arrested me.feedback

Ko Ko Hlaing

We need to wipe out the threat of the terrorism in those regions.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 months. The situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades. It goes back to pre-colonial times.feedback

Zahir Ahmed

When I heard the army attacking to the north, I jumped into the river. My two sons came with me. They are 10 and 12.feedback

Petam Ali

I ran back to get my family, but we were too rushed and my grandmother was too old to run. From the forest, we watched them burn our house. It was the first in Tula Toli to be burned.feedback

Petam Ali

I live on the north side of the village and the army had crossed the river further north and were marching down. I left my family to run out to the jungle to try and spot the soldiers. We waited until 8am, and then they moved in, wearing dark green clothes. All of them were on foot.feedback

Abdul Kalam

Aung San Suu Kyi has done nothing for our village. When she was campaigning for her election, the Rohingya supported her, even though we can't vote. Suu Kyi opened fire on us. If she knocks on our door, then we know what we'll do.feedback

Abdul Kalam

I know about Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize, but she has not maintained the meaning of the prize.feedback

Sein Lwin

They cut out the government communication by instigating a campaign of fear and took charge in the region.feedback

Tejshree Thapa - Human Rights Watch

I've worked in many war zones. I've worked with refugees before. But the scale of this particular flow of refugees is highly distressing.feedback

Tejshree Thapa - Human Rights Watch

I've spoken to people who have walked four or five days through mountains, across rivers. It's wave after wave. I mean, you stand at the border and it's just family after family. It's endless. You drive down one patch of road, you see thousands of people. You turn down another patch of road and see thousands.feedback

Thaung Tun

It is the terrorists who are cutting off heads, and this needs to be known by you and the rest of the world.feedback

Mohamed Ayat

I couldn't leave my house before September 1 as there was heavy firing [in the area].feedback

Thaung Tun

We are negotiating with some friendly countries not to take it to the Security Council. China is our friend and we have a similar friendly relationship with Russia, so it will not be possible for that issue to go forward.feedback

Slamet Maarif

If the Indonesian and Myanmar governments cannot stop the slaughtering of Rohingya Muslims…we will send jihadists to defend our brothers.feedback

Aaron L. Connelly

There will be increasing pressure on the governments of countries with large Muslim populations to take action on this issue. I would not be surprised to see more protests in Malaysia and Indonesia.feedback

Matt Smith

There is certainly a risk that international extremist organisations will seek to be involved in northern Rakhine state. The best way to prevent this from escalating is to protect the rights of the civilian population. Myanmar is doing the exact opposite.feedback

Dipayan Bhattacharyya - World Food Programme

They are coming in nutritionally deprived, they have been cut off from a normal flow of food for possibly more than a month. They were definitely visibly hungry, traumatized.feedback

Duniya Aslam Khan - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Those who have made it to Bangladesh are in poor condition. Most have walked for days from their villages – hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers with what they could salvage from their homes. They are hungry, weak and sick.feedback

Aktar Hussan

What is happening to our people is monstrous. We don't know if things will ever get better. All we can do is to rely on almighty Allah.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We are facing a risk, I hope we don't get there. I appeal to all, all authorities in Myanmar, civilian authorities and military authorities, to indeed put an end to this violence that, in my opinion, is creating a situation that can destabilise the region.feedback

Salim Ullah

We fled to a hill when the shooting started. The army set fire to houses. We got on the boat at daybreak. I came with my mother, wife and two children. There were 40 people on a boat, including 25 women.feedback

Tito Karnavian

The action at Borobudur temple will be prohibited. This is not just part of the heritage of Indonesia, but that of the world. There is no need for protests in response to the Rohingya conflict because the Indonesian government is taking action on it already.feedback

Anang Imamuddin

The Borobudur is an extraordinary symbol of tolerance. We want the world to know that it is in a majority Muslim country but it is safe. Buddhist monks are safe here too.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

You watched the situation that Myanmar and Muslims are in. You saw how villages have been burned ... Humanity remained silent to the massacre in Myanmar.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment. I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting. If their home is not Myanmar, where they have lived for generations, then where is it? Rohingya people should be given citizenship in Myanmar, the country where they were born. Other countries, including my own country Pakistan, should follow Bangladesh's example and give food, shelter and access to education to Rohingya families fleeing violence and terror.feedback

Regina Catrambone

At present, there are too many questions without an answer, and too many doubts about those trapped or forced back to Libya. The horrific tales of those who survive depict a nightmare of abuse, violence, torture, kidnapping and extortion. MOAS does not want to become part of a scenario where no one pays attention to the people who deserve protection, instead only focusing on preventing them from arriving on European shores with no consideration of their fate when trapped on the other side of the sea. As I write, there is a deadly exodus unfolding on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar.feedback

George Monbiot

Once she was an inspiration. Now, silent on the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar, she is complicit in crimes against humanity. Few of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspiration to us all.feedback

Sripriya Ranganathan

We are very confident that once that complete corridor is functional, there will be a positive impact on the situation in the state.feedback

Ramzan Kadyrov

If Russia were to support the devils who are perpetrating the crimes, I will go against Russia.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There are some leaders we can achieve results with and some that we cannot. Not everyone has the same sensitivity. We will do our duty.feedback

Ramzan Kadyrov

If I had my way, if it was possible, I'd even carry out a nuclear strike on them, to destroy those people who are killing children, women, the elderly. Even if Russia will support those devils who are committing crimes today, I'm against the position of Russia.feedback

Matt Smith

Children have been thrown into rushing rivers, thrown on the ground and stomped. We've documented children being burned to death.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

Stop the violence. Today we have seen pictures of small children killed by Myanmar's security forces. Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment. I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting.feedback

Matt Smith

There are enormous numbers of people arriving. The Myanmar military is basically clearing out all of the Rohingya Muslim villages in northern Rakhine state. People are desperately in need of shelter, of food, of clothing. There are a lot of people right now sleeping under the rain, in the mud. State security forces have been killing men, women and children. They have been slitting throats, there have been beheadings. Soldiers have opened fire on groups of people and then set the bodies on fire, including children.feedback

Tirana Hassan

Rakhine state is on the precipice of a humanitarian disaster. Nothing can justify denying life-saving aid to desperate people. By blocking access for humanitarian organizations, Myanmar's authorities have put tens of thousands of people at risk and shown a callous disregard for human life. These restrictions will affect all communities in Rakhine State. The government must immediately change course and allow humanitarian organizations full and unfettered access to all parts of the state to assist people in need.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

There are only so many times even someone like her should receive the benefit of the doubt.feedback

Pierre Peron

There is an urgent need to ensure that displaced people and other civilians affected by the violence are protected and are given safe access to humanitarian assistance including food, water, shelter, and health services. Humanitarian aid normally goes to these vulnerable people for a very good reason, because they depend on it. For the sake of vulnerable people in all communities in Rakhine state, urgent measures must be taken to allow vital humanitarian activities to resume.feedback

Gunnar Stalsett

A peace prize has never been revoked and the committee does not issue condemnations or censure laureates. The principle we follow is the decision is not a declaration of a saint. When the decision has been made and the award has been given, that ends the responsibility of the committee.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

Stop the violence. Today we have seen pictures of small children killed by Myanmar's security forces. These children attacked no one, but still their homes were burned to the ground.feedback

Boris Johnson

Aung San Suu Kyi is rightly regarded as one of the most inspiring figures of our age, but the treatment of the Rohingya is alas besmirching the reputation of Burma. She faces huge challenges in modernising her country. I hope she can now use all her remarkable qualities to unite her country, to stop the violence and to end the prejudice that afflicts both Muslims and other communities in Rakhine.feedback

Min Aung Hlaing

We will never let such a terrible occurrence happen again.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

This new satellite imagery shows the total destruction of a Muslim village, and prompts serious concerns that the level of devastation in northern Rakhine State may be far worse than originally thought. Yet this is only one of 17 sites that we've located where burnings have taken place. Independent monitors are needed on the ground to urgently uncover what's going on.feedback

Pierre Peron

Food security indicators and child malnutrition rates in Maungdaw were already above emergency thresholds before the violence broke out, and it is likely that they will now deteriorate even further.feedback

Jalal Ahmed

The military came with 200 people to the village and started fires...All the houses in my village are already destroyed. If we go back there and the army sees us, they will shoot.feedback

Jalal Ahmed

The Bengali problem was a long-standing one which has become an unfinished job.feedback

Phelim Kine - Human Rights Watch

Aung San Suu Kyi hits a new low with this potentially deadly inflammatory propaganda. Leadership failure.feedback

Maung Swe

Labourers who carry the WFP food bags don't want to contract with them any more. People who have made contract with WFP refused to work for them.feedback

Ashraful Azad

Myanmar wants to remove all the Rohingya. It is genocide. The government is linking Arsa with home-grown Islamic networks. They see Arsa as a threat and want to establish good relations with Myanmar at any cost.feedback

Adil Sakhawat

There were large influxes in 2012, 2015, and 2016, but this time it has broken every record. It is drastically different. The Rohingya told me that the Myanmar military are indiscriminately killing men of fighting age.feedback

Ashraful Azad

The problem is that nobody can show any convincing solution. The international community is limited to criticism. The Rohingya have no friends in Myanmar.feedback

Khan Babby

Rohingya come here to ask for help. We are giving them so much help.feedback

Adil Sakhawat

I took five days to get here. The military were shooting and running. My brother was killed by a shot to the head.feedback

Nurul Absar

We don't have relatives here, but we are Bangladeshis. They need help.feedback

Mizanur Rahman

Now we are supposed to be safe in Bangladesh, but I do not feel safe.feedback

Rashed Ahmed

They have nothing to lose. The Myanmar government wants to eradicate an entire ethnic group.feedback

Rashed Ahmed

There are no more villages left, none at all. There are no more people left, either. It is all gone.feedback

Nehginpao Kipgen

The authorities must act now to prevent the current violence from spiraling out of control.feedback

Pierre Peron

As a result of the disruption of activities in central Rakhine state, many people are currently not receiving their normal food assistance and primary healthcare services have been severely disrupted.feedback

Kyaw Naing Win

There have been some constraints for them to come to the hospital because of the tighter security control after recent clashes.feedback

Zaw Htay

#WFP Aid & #ARSA terrorists : #Myanmar Govt asking #WFP, Aid for civilian or terrorists? #Rakhine #Myanmar.feedback

Min Zaw

On the way to the waterfall, we had a chance to talk. It's just informal chitchat, but informal chitchat is very important to prevent life from being lost. Soldiers have less baggage than politicians.feedback

Min Zaw

What I'm trying to say is, there were a lot of close calls.feedback

Min Zaw

I literally wrote the application essay in a trench.feedback

Min Zaw

It's very complicated. I'm writing an article about how complicated it is.feedback

Nikki Haley

As Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence, they have a responsibility to adhere to international humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers and ensuring assistance reaches those in need. We call on all members of the Security Council to support the Burmese government in ensuring the rights and dignity of all communities in Rakhine State and throughout Burma.feedback

Mohammed Rashid

We hid in the forest for two days and then we were stopped at the border, but we got through. We heard that the houses in our village have burned down.feedback

Anagha Neelakantan - The International Crisis Group

They're clearly harming their cause more than they are helping it. But if they wanted attention, they're going to get it.feedback

David Mathieson - Human Rights Watch

Things will get worse before they get better. Once the killing starts, it's hard to put that back in the box.feedback

Brian Wood

As industrial lifestyles replace traditional ones across the world, humanity's longstanding relationships with nature are disappearing. Once these relationships are lost, it's almost impossible to get them back. The dolphins' intelligence led them to partner with us originally because of the benefits they gained from us. As they become less cooperative, they may be concluding it is no longer in their best interest to work as our partners.feedback

Hla Thein - Wildlife Conservation Society

Ecotourism encourages local fishermen to move away from harmful activities like electroshock fishing and maintain their traditional lifestyles. Dolphin conservation won't be a success without ecotourism, and ecotourism won't be a success without conservation.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

A lot of us are hugely supportive allies of hers who have followed her progress with admiration from afar. We look to her to set the right tone and to find the compromises and the de-escalation necessary in order to resolve the conflict for the good of all the people in Burma.feedback

Sanjukta Sahany

People are traumatised, which is quite visible.feedback

Sanjukta Sahany

They are in a very, very desperate condition. The biggest needs are food, health services and they need shelter. They need at least some cover, some roofs over their heads.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

There is a threat to international peace and security, and it is right that the Security Council should take time today to be briefed on that and consider whether there is more that we should be doing. I doubt that there will be unanimity to do anything as there are certain countries on the Council that tend to resist anything else, but I think it's an important moment to take stock.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

Violence will not bring lasting solutions to the acute problems that afflict Rakhine State.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded. (The Secretary-General) calls for humanitarian agencies to be granted unfettered and free access to affected communities in need of assistance and protection. The United Nations stands ready to provide all necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard.feedback

Benedict Rogers

To have a worldwide Christian leader such as Pope Francis speaking out and standing in solidarity with a persecuted Muslim community sends a vital message about the importance of freedom of religion or belief and inter-religious harmony.feedback

Nu Sein

I thought I was going to die. I couldn't run fast as my knee is not good. There are some elders still left in the village.feedback

Wanna Shwe

We welcome the pope's trip to Myanmar,'. What is happening to the Rohingya community in Rakhine state cannot be denied. We all know.feedback

Matt Smith

Suu Kyi's inflammatory propaganda is fuelling anti-Rohingya and anti-aid worker sentiment at a time when she should be doing everything in her power to instill calm and promote human rights.feedback

Mohammad Yunus

They told us, If anyone gives them shelter, we will arrest you and send you to the other side.' So, out of fear, we are not allowing any newcomers.feedback

Pope Francis

We all ask our Lord to come to their rescue and to prompt men of good will to come to their aid so they have full rights. Let us also pray for our Rohingya brothers.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying escalation of violence. After years of insecurity and instability, it should be clear that violence is not the solution to the challenges facing Rakhine State.feedback

Kofi Annan - United Nations

Unless concerted action led by the government and aided by all sectors of the government and society is taken soon, we risk the return of another cycle of violence and radicalization, which will further deepen the chronic poverty that afflicts Rakhine state. The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying escalation of violence. No cause can justify such brutality and senseless killing. Perpetrators should be held to account. I urge the security forces to exercise restraint in dealing with the situation and above all ensure that innocent civilians are not harmed.feedback

Maung Maung Chay

We heard that a lot of Muslim villagers are grouping together, they will make more attacks on us when the sun goes down.feedback

Benedict Rogers

But there is a potential for a negative action from groups like Ma Ba Tha. And what scale that will be really remains to be seen.feedback

Maung Than

I think the pope's visit will lead to an improvement in interfaith relations, and I hope we can get good advice on the Rakhine conflict.feedback

Ong Kim Swee

We should be proud, not just with the gold-medal winning Malaysian athletes and teams. The grand opening ceremony showed everyone that Malaysia are also capable of achieving what other nations can. That's something that motivates us to perform as part of the Malaysian contingent.feedback

Hilary Lau - Herbert Smith Freehills

We've seen a lot of activities recently in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. The whole Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh corridor is also hot as it's connecting the East and West.feedback

Edmund Jarzembowski

It is tradition in taxonomy to contact the person concerned. Sir David was delighted because he is not only interested in the story of amber, but also a president of the British Dragonfly Society.feedback

Muhammad Ismail

When I play football the sadness and anger is far away. But after I finish, it always comes back.feedback

Muhammad Ismail

We don't tell their opponents that I'm Rohingya because they might not agree that I'm eligible to play.feedback

Kyaw Zeya

It's normal relations between the two countries. As I understand, there's no such relations between military to military. Definitely not.feedback

Aung Kyaw

I got a few cents a day for digging the pipeline and about US$250 for the five-year use of my land.feedback

Min Zin

China wants to show: 'We are doing our best at your behest'. As the United States recedes, Aung San Suu Kyi is relying more and more on China in Myanmar and on the international stage.feedback

Kyaw Zeya

They are not very specific from the very beginning, but we understand he is the special envoy on North Korea.feedback

Gerd Zeise

We need to see some players behind them to see if they are ready for the AFC championships. I can only value the first half. In the first half we shouldn't have been down one zero as we had a few chances. I can live with this result. In the qualifer we will have a different tactic and a different XI.feedback

Seri Subahan Kamal

There are a few test matches that the national team department is arranging. Rest assured that the one that is confirmed is an away match on the 25th (August), against Macau. On the 26th we will be flying off to Yangon, Myanmar and on the 29th we will play Myanmar. Then we will come back and have a short Aidiladha break on the first (of September), the boys will come back on the second, and we will have the game (against Hong Kong) at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka on the fifth of September.feedback

Kanitha Krishnasamy

Thailand's legal reforms have paved the way for greater control of the domestic ivory market and it's certainly something other countries in the region should emulate, especially Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Further to these efforts, it's important also to test products in the market to ensure that no African elephant ivory is in the marketplace.feedback

Vivek Pathak

Traditionally, all this was happening in California, in Silicon Valley. Today, there's as much happening in Silicon Valley as in Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Bangalore or Myanmar, as long as you have the internet.feedback

Aung Zaw

In any country around the world, journalists have to cover news from both sides of the conflict.feedback

Aung Zaw

These arrests and detentions, and recent cases where editors were imprisoned, demonstrate that Burma is unsafe for reporters to work. The return of the climate of fear is very disturbing.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Regrettably, our challenge is enormous. Human trafficking is becoming more nuanced and more difficult to identify. Much of these activities are going underground, and they're going online.feedback

Lu Kang

China's government's commitment to fighting human trafficking has been resolute and our results have been obvious for everyone to see.feedback

Min Aung Hlaing

We must cultivate the spirit of constantly protecting Our Three Main National Causes, the absolute requirement of the state and the people, and pursuing our path to multiparty democracy.feedback

Stephen Constantine

Let's not get greedy. Credit goes to the boys as it was absolutely a team performance from the beginning to end. We rode our luck in the first half. Chhetri made an unbelievable run just like he did in Myanmar. He is still fit and I have to thank the medical staff who got him in the position where he is today. Pleased that I didn't play him against Nepal and maybe he couldn't have made that run had he not been protected. I am pleased for all Indians. Six points and now take a breather, need another 6 I guess.feedback

Mohiuddin Khan

We can handle all sorts of emergency cases through this center, we can refer them to the high level center instantly. This is the disability prevention and rehabilitation corner of this facility. The clients are coming from the makeshift settlement. This is the laboratory; we provide very basic but very comprehensive range of laboratory services. They had to travel around, at least 40 kilometers to access laboratory services.feedback

Myat Min Oo

The military plane went missing and lost contact after it took off from Myeik, and now the military has started a sea and air search with naval ships and military aircraft and is preparing for rescue operations.feedback

Kyaw Kyaw Htey

The total number of people on the military plane is 105. We received this information from the aeroplane before departure. We don't know what exactly happened to this plane after the loss of contact.feedback

Ely Ratner

By the time China became a more prominent diplomatic player in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the countries who most desired it were a pretty unsavory bunch: Venezuela, Iran, Burma, Zimbabwe, Sudan.feedback

Karim Elguindi - World Food Programme

For up to 20 years most humanitarian assistance has been for registered refugees Since last year more than 75,000 came in addition to other tens of thousands unregistered refugees, they were not having much. The aim is to provide something more dignified and a user harmonised approach, similar to what we have in registered camps.feedback

Setara Begum

There's no roof. We are just drinking water. The little food we had in our home was all damaged after the cyclone. My children are crying for food. I am helpless. I have no money. There's no hope. I don't know how I will raise my children.feedback

Hamida Begum

We heard that a cyclone is coming. But there's no place we can go. I hate being a Rohingya. We are being tortured in Myanmar. Now in Bangladesh we have no rights - nothing. After this cyclone, we don't have a roof. We are living under the sky. We have no future.feedback

Rachel Griffiths

If we can take a passport from a bankrupt, why can't we stop our paedophiles from travelling to Myanmar?feedback

Oliver Springate-Baginski

The ecology of Indawgyi Lake has been severely impacted by silt and mercury pollution from mining and overfishing, so much that it's become hard for the local fishers to make a living. The conflict has undermined the effectiveness of regulatory mechanisms, and powerful people have been able to exploit the natural resources at the expense of less influential locals.feedback

Julia Fogerite

Now the lake's communities, with assistance from NGOs, have established fishing-free zones that have been recognized by the government. Continued collaboration has the potential to improve the management of the lake and ensure its future health.feedback

Gerard McCarthy

Anti-Muslim sentiment is ubiquitous in Myanmar and has not been challenged by the N.L.D. in any substantive or legislative sense so far.feedback