[00:00.00]Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s government, has cancelled her planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly.
[00:10.17]Several nations have criticized the Myanmar military recently for deadly attacks against minority Rohingya Muslims in the country, also known as Burma.
[00:23.68]The UN General Assembly is meeting next week in New York City.
[00:30.36]The UN says almost 380,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.
[00:38.24]Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for leading the nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights in Myanmar.
[00:50.70]She spent more than 20 years under house arrest because of her democracy effort.
[00:57.99]But she is facing sharp criticism for her response to the violence against Rohingya in the country.
[01:05.82]She has denied reports of genocide and defended the military actions as justified.
[01:13.68]The criticism has even come from other Nobel Peace Prize winners.
[01:20.54]Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa wrote an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi.
[01:30.25]Part of it said, “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”
[01:42.56]Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay said that Aung San Suu Kyi will miss the General Assembly meeting to deal with security issues in Rakhine state.
[01:54.85]He also said there had been reports of the possibility of terror attacks in the country.
[02:01.99]Aung San Suu Kyi is the head of Myanmar’s government and its foreign minister.
[02:08.99]Myanmar’s president is Htin Kyaw.
[02:12.32]On August 25, a group of Rohingya militants attacked about 30 police offices and army positions in Rakhine, killing several people.
[02:24.24]The militants said they were trying to protect their ethnic minority from government persecution.
[02:32.99]About 400 people have been killed in battles between the military and the militants.
[02:39.97]The Trump administration has called for protection of civilians.
[02:45.41]The Bangladesh government has said that all the refugees will have to return to Myanmar.
[02:52.89]It has called for safe areas in Myanmar.
[02:56.95]But Zaw Htay said that would not be acceptable to Myanmar’s government.
[03:03.45]Philippe Bolopion is deputy director of global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.
[03:10.31]He said the humanitarian crisis is worsened by Myanmar’s refusal to permit aid agencies to come in and provide help.
[03:21.59]But Zaw Htay said the Myanmar government is working to stop the violence and deal with threats of future terrorist attacks.
[03:31.53]Jean Leiby of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says Rohingya camps in Bangladesh are crowded with children.
[03:42.17]He said about 200,000 children may be at risk of disease and are in urgent need of support.
[03:51.30]The UN refugee agency sent a flight to Bangladesh carrying emergency aid.
[03:58.75]A second flight, donated by the United Arab Emirates, has also landed in Bangladesh, carrying about 2,000 family tents.
[04:09.51]The Rohingya are one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities in the Buddhist-majority nation.
[04:18.01]They have been denied citizenship, though most can show that their families have been in the country for many years.
[04:28.07]I’m Jonathan Evans.