Aung San Suu Kyi ‘Avoided’ Talk of Rohingya Rape at U.N. Meeting

During recent meetings with a senior United Nations official, Myanmar State Counselor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi reportedly avoided any discussion about reports of Rohingya women and girls being raped by Myanmar troops, The Guardian reported. A special envoy on sexual violence during conflict, Pramila Patten, was sent for a four-day visit to discuss the crisis with government officials but was unable to engage in “any substantive discussion” about such reports with Aung San Suu Kyi. “The meeting with the state counselor was a cordial courtesy call of approximately 45 minutes that was, unfortunately, not substantive in nature,” Patten wrote to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Patten was allegedly informed by top officials from the authoritarian Burmese military and civilian government that reports of the atrocities were “exaggerated and fabricated by the international community.”