Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar and former Buddhist peace activist, has rejected a decision by the UN to investigate alleged crimes against humanity in Myanmar.
“We don’t not agree with it,” said Suu Kyi, as reported in The Telegraph. “We do not think that the resolution is in keeping with what is actually happening on the ground.”
Suu Kyi alleged that the investigation would create further division in Myanmar. She has been under international scrutiny since her party’s landslide victory in the fall of 2015, which was hailed as a triumph of democracy at the time. Since then, Suu Kyi has ignored the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group. Some critics allege that her silence on the issue indicates tacit support. Human rights watchdogs have describe the Burmese government’s treatment of the Rohingya as “crimes against humanity” and “genocide.”
Suu Kyi previously denied allegations of ethnic cleansing in a conversation with the BBC.