More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term “Rohingya” to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
The law in its present form prohibits use of the telecoms network to “obstruct, defame, inappropriately influence or intimidate” and has been used to jail journalists and activists.
The leader of a Rohingya Muslim insurgency against Myanmar’s security forces said his group would keep fighting unless Aung San Suu Kyi took action to protect the religious minority.
With a festering Rohingya crisis, increased fighting with ethnic armed groups and a slower economic growth, Suu Kyi has struggled to match expectations.
UN officials said they were concerned the outside world had not fully grasped the severity of the crisis unfolding in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Myanmar’s foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi advised the use of the term ‘the Muslim community in Rakhine State’ as opposed to ‘Rohingya’.
A draft bill proposes punishing protesters for spreading “wrong” information and makes straying away from pre-registered chants an offence.