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Sheikh Hasina
Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees. What I can expect from them, and especially [the] president?feedback
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Oct 26 2017
Burma has been commented on by 317 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, Phil Robertson and Aung San Suu Kyi. 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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All quotes about Burma

Heather Nauert

The Government of Burma, including its armed forces, must take immediate action to ensure peace and security; implement commitments to ensure humanitarian access to communities in desperate need; facilitate the safe and voluntary return of those who have fled or been displaced in Rakhine State; and address the root causes of systematic discrimination against the Rohingya.feedback

Heather Bacon

I've worked with bears for over 10 years and I've never seen anything like it. It's pretty astonishing. Having to carry around 3 kilos of tongue is not normal, and that's a lot of weight on his jaw and head. Also, since he was dragging it around on the floor, from a hygiene point of view it's pretty unpleasant, and he couldn't ever close his mouth. Now he should be able to close his mouth and manipulate food. It's likely he'll have a period of learning and adaptation because he's obviously never experienced this before.feedback

U Nyan Win

We ask the international community to acknowledge that these Muslims are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and that this crisis is an infringement of our sovereignty. This is the most important thing with the Rakhine issue.feedback

Min Gala

We thank the Lord Buddha for this. They stole our land, our food and our water. We will never accept them back.feedback

U Nyan Win

We have been human-rights defenders for many years and suffered for a long time but we are standing together on this issue because we need to support our national security.feedback

Daw Khin Saw Wai

All the Bengalis learn in their religious schools is to brutally kill and attack. It is impossible to live together in the future.feedback

Ko Ko Gyi

We are a small country that lies between India and China, and the DNA of our ancestors is to try to struggle for our survival. If you in the West criticize us too much, then you will push us into the arms of China and Russia.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Conducive conditions have to be recreated in Rakhine. This must include a solution to the question of citizenship, or rather lack thereof for the Rohingya community.feedback

Sushma Swaraj

While I have focused on progress in our bilateral relationship, we are aware of outstanding issues. India is deeply concerned at the spate of violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar. We have urged that the situation be handled with restraint, keeping in mind the welfare of the population.feedback

Tirana Hassan

In this orchestrated campaign, Myanmar's security forces have brutally meted out revenge on the entire Rohingya population of northern Rakhine State, in an apparent attempt to permanently drive them out of the country.feedback

Maung Swe

The land was abandoned. There is no one to reap that, so the government ordered to harvest it.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

You can't call a rice crop 'ownerless' just because you used violence and arson to drive the owners out of the country.feedback

Anthony Lake - UNICEF

Many Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh have witnessed atrocities in Myanmar no child should ever see, and all have suffered tremendous loss. This crisis is stealing their childhoods. We must not let it steal their futures at the same time.feedback

Anthony Lake - UNICEF

These children urgently need food, safe water, sanitation and vaccinations to protect them from diseases that thrive in emergencies. But they also need help in overcoming all that they have endured. They need education, they need counselling. They need hope. If we don't provide them with these things now, how will they ever grow up to be productive citizens of their societies? This crisis is stealing their childhoods. We must not let it steal their futures at the same time.feedback

Patrick Gaspard

The rights of the Jewish community in 1937 in Berlin may have been deemed controversial by some in that society, but we all appreciate today the inherent value in that fight. The same is true today, when we are involved in safe needle transfers for drug addicts, or when we're engaged in supporting the rights of sex workers in Johannesburg, or the Rohingya in Myanmar.feedback

Mohammad Siddiq

Baba would put us to bed at night, and lots of times he would tell us stories about Burma. We have paddies there,' he'd say. Just like the locals here have their own paddies.' It makes me cry just to think about it. Ever since I've become a man, I've never tasted a fresh fish like the one's he'd tell us about. He died, too, without tasting it again.feedback

Mohammad Siddiq

The U.N. stepped in and told the Bangladeshis that anyone who was associated with the NLD was at extra risk of getting killed if they went back. Baba even told a judge here once, When democracy comes to Burma, then we'll immediately go back!' And he would go find the red NLD flag he brought with him and show it to us.feedback

Josh Rogin

Tillerson is calling for an end to the slaughter but the administration's strategy is still missing in action.feedback

U Sein Win

We thought democracy would fall from the sky, that it would just come. We didn't know that this is a process that all people have to be involved in. We are moving two, three steps back already.feedback

U Sein Win

I don't want my kids to live in a society that is divided and hateful.feedback

Thant Myint-U

Myanmar's biggest threat is not the return of dictatorship but an illiberal democracy. Have only deepened illiberal sentiments.feedback

U Sein Win

Or even worse. They are like bamboo, bending with the wind.feedback

Peter Coleman

It's something we're obviously concerned about, we're watching closely.feedback

Peter Coleman

In the end we decided we were already pretty much stretched on where we were and it was prudent for us to stop. We've really said by the end of 2018 we will know what the development looks like in Myanmar. We're still on schedule for that.feedback

John Hirjee - Deutsche Bank

They've had a successful run so far. The law of averages says there's going to be a dry hole every now and then.feedback

Donald Emmerson

China's propensity for coopting, pressuring, and even bullying Southeast Asia's rulers is creating potentially double-edged swords for Beijing. A corrupt, entrenched local elite can be bought into alignment with China, as has happened in Cambodia. But, such cronyism can prompt opposition from civil society actors who are thereby more likely to blame China for local exploitation and repression, as has happened in Myanmar.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

We don't believe those operations did stop. The narrative pushed by the military and Aung San Suu Kyi on the clearance operations is patently false.feedback

Suzanne Moore

Without an analysis of the patriarchy, we will remain powerless to change the abuse of women that is present in varying degrees everywhere. Late at night I gaze upon the faces of the women of the YPJ, the Kurdish all-female military organisation, as they unfurl flags in Raqqa. Isis is not entirely gone. Everything is still complicated. But for a moment these women have won. They vanquished the rapists. They have confronted our worst nightmares. They know what they are doing. In interviews these young women tell us that rape is a planned way to destroy a culture and that this is what Isis fighters were doing to the Yazidis. They tell us they scream with happiness when they go into battle because they know that, according to the Isis interpretation of Islam, to be killed by a woman means a fighter won’t go to heaven.feedback

Greg Barrow - World Food Programme

We know that prior to the upsurge in violence in northern Rakhine, which began in August, there were already very high levels of malnutrition particularly among women and children. We also know that the upsurge in violence took place just months before the next harvest is due which means that farmers' ability to tend for and then harvest their crops in that area will have been severely affected. We need access to get a clear picture to allow us to meet those needs, so that's something that we have pushed for very vocally and will continue to push for.feedback

Mohammed Zakaria

We are glad to shelter them for the sake of humanity. But when I think deeply, I feel uncertain. Is it good for my country? Is it okay? I don't know.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

If necessary, Bangladeshis will eat one full meal a day and share the rest with Rohingya.feedback

Laila Nobihousen

I can't forget my culture and my village and parents. We lived together. Everything, I can't forget. Right now I just think, one day we go back to our country and tell them we are American, educated people.feedback

Abdul Khayer

This was a place where elephants usually roam around. Maybe it was unknown to them.feedback

Eric Schwartz

Eric P. Schwartz is president of Refugees International. He was on a fact-finding mission in Bangladesh from Sept. 15 to 19.feedback

Priti Patel

Malnourished children on the brink of death will now be able to eat, families who have been forced to live out in the open after their villages were burned will get shelter and much needed clean water.feedback

Charles Petrie

Western donors and the U.N. have not always been helpful. The refusal for a long time to let go of the fairy-tale view of Myanmar with Aung San Suu Kyi coming to power and the corresponding refusal to push back on some of her dogmatic positions.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

I'm always talking to them, asking what's happening. There is no safety zone in Burma right now.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

If you asked anyone in the United States: 'Do you know who the Rohingya are?' No one did. People would ask 'No, what does it mean?'. I was scared. The military was looking for me.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

The U.S. has peace, justice, and freedom of religion. If Burma had this, we wouldn't be refugees.feedback

Nasir Bin Zakaria

People are dying and going hungry because there is no food in the village. The government is not helping.feedback

Jyoti Sanghera

If villages have been completely destroyed and livelihood possibilities have been destroyed, what we fear is that they may be incarcerated or detained in camps. Clearly it seems that some level of eviction, displacement, forced movement and violence may be continuing.feedback

Thomas Hunecke

We are not in a position to make a finding of genocide or not, but this should in no way detract from the seriousness of the situation which the Rohingya population is currently facing.feedback

Adrian Edwards - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

We're back in a situation of full alert as far as influxes are concerned. It's still a situation that has potential to worsen.feedback

Sayed Azin

I left everything. I can't find my relatives ... I can't take this any more.feedback

Thaung Tun

Must treat us equally. We'll be fine with anybody if all member states have an ASG assigned. Not just us.feedback

Rose Kowalski

Not having a vote makes it difficult to be part of the discussion, but standing by and seeing both sides make huge mistakes is becoming less of an option. What I can't bear is the slogans saying 'We vote to be free'. I find it absolutely insulting to claim that we're not free at the moment. Look at Turkey, look at Myanmar, look at Catalonia's own history under Franco – that's a denial of freedom.feedback

Mark Lowcock

This flow out of Myanmar has not stopped yet, it's into the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya (who are) still in Myanmar, we want to be ready in case there is a further exodus. Half a million people do not pick up sticks and flee their country on a whim.feedback

Greg Constantine

Every day that I was there. I've always believed that what is at the heart of it is a deep-rooted racism. Is there a solution? Not unless things change inside Myanmar, and not just at a political level. The international community can put all the pressure it wants on the government but change has to happen among the attitudes of the citizenry for things to even begin heading in the right direction.feedback

Greg Constantine

It's not even a specific place any more. You drive down the highway from Ukhiya to Teknaf, and it's just mile upon mile upon mile of huts and people sitting on the side of the road.feedback

Greg Constantine

I realised, somewhere along the way over these last 10 years, that what I was doing had changed from reporting on specific events to creating a timeline of slow violence towards a community. I want to show that what is happening now is something that has a history behind it. That all of this should have been expected. That we knew.feedback

Richard Horsey - United Nations

It is recommended that, as a matter of urgency, UN headquarters identifies ways to improve overall coherence in the UN's system approach.feedback

Richard Horsey - United Nations

It may be true that the resident coordinator could have done some things differently or better, [but] primary responsibility for any UN failings lies with its headquarters over the last several years. They did not have a coherent or well-coordinated approach to Myanmar, and especially Rakhine, and did not provide the required political support and guidance to their in-country team.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

It's not been human rights up front, it's been human rights down in back. The UN is going to have to acknowledge their significant share of blame in letting this situation descend this far, this fast.feedback

Philip Malone

For a tour like this you look at a range of options and we decided to go with Singapore and Malaysia. These visits are planned over a number of months, preparations are made and you get to the point, working with Scott and his team here, where we decide on the ones that we will pursue for the visit.feedback

Scott Furssedonn-Wood

Their royal highnesses are delighted to be returning to India, and to be visiting Singapore and Malaysia for the first time together.feedback

William Lacy Swing - International Organization for Migration

Unless we support the efforts of the Bangladesh government to provide immediate aid to the half million people who have arrived over the past month, many of the most vulnerable – women, children and the elderly – will die. They will be the victims of neglect.feedback

Ariful Islam

It is never possible. Please check your source and motive.feedback

Tracey Tuberville

There was a collective gasp of astonishment in the audience when they presented their numbers. The results were that remarkable.feedback

Philip Malone

We looked at a range of options in the region and, as we're announcing today, we're going ahead with the visit to Singapore and Malaysia.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Nowhere is the link between statelessness and displacement more evident than with the Rohingya community.feedback

Boris Johnson

The wind is in the palm trees and the temple bells they say ... What? The Road to Mandalay? No? Good stuff.feedback

Julie Bishop

I made it clear to the Myanmar national security adviser when I saw him at the United Nations that this security operation that is going on in Rakhine state between the Myanmar army and a Rohingya army must stop. Humanitarian support must be allowed in and that the Rohingya must be allowed to return to Rakhine state.feedback

Joe Millman

We're now saying 40 missing, which suggests the total fatality rate will be in the range of 63.feedback

Nur Jazlan Mohamed

We will try to find a diplomatic solution for them to stay in Bangladesh or go back to Myanmar first.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

There seems to be a deeply disturbing pattern to the violence and the ensuing large movements of an ethnic group from their homes. It's imperative that UN agencies and our non-governmental partners be granted immediate and safe access to all affected communities. The situation has spiralled into the world's fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.feedback

Boris Johnson

The temple bells they say/ Come you back you English soldier. What? The Road to Mandalay? No? Good stuff.feedback

Theresa May

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Burmese government need to make it very clear that the military action should stop.feedback

Myat Aye

I told them they shouldn't worry about that. If they are intimidated, we'll take action according to the law. We will stop that intimidation.feedback

Abul Hossain

We couldn't just sit at home. Last week we asked everyone in our village to donate. We drove all night to bring it here.feedback

Myat Aye

I don't know how Ah Nauk Pyin village got into the international media.feedback

U Thaung

I can assure you that the leaders of Myanmar, who have been struggling so long for freedom and human rights, will never espouse policy of genocide or ethnic cleansing and that the government will do everything to prevent it.feedback

Thaung Tun

I wish to stress there is no ethnic cleansing and no genocide in Myanmar. Ethnic cleansing and genocide are serious charges and they should not be used lightly.feedback

Audrey Gaughran - Amnesty International

With ethnic cleansing forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya out of Myanmar, Thailand urgently needs to set a regional example by adopting humane refugee policies. Instead of callously repelling people fleeing unimaginable horrors, the Thai government should ensure safe passage for those seeking international protection in Thailand.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It was … very obvious to me when I visited northern Rakhine that it was just a matter of time before terrorism would spring up from the situation of discrimination or poverty that prevailed in that area. The terrain is very fertile for that, so it is also a question of addressing this issue not only for the Rohingya, not only for northern Rakhine, but for the entire region. Because if the situation is not resolved, the risk of the spread of terrorist violence in the whole region – and this is a particularly fragile region – is very, very high.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

There will be a trip organised by the government, probably tomorrow (Thursday), to Rakhine. We hope above all that it is a first step toward much freer and wider access to the area.feedback

Mark Field - Thermo Fisher

During my meetings with state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and others, I strongly emphasised the need for Burma to heed the Security Council's call to end violence and allow humanitarian access to those in need of aid. Burma has taken great strides forward in recent years. But the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine risks derailing that progress.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

We have received bone-chilling accounts from those who had fled – mainly women, children and the elderly.feedback

Zafar Alam

I don't think I'd be safe there. There's no justice.feedback

Mark Field - Thermo Fisher

What we have seen in Rakhine in the past few weeks is an absolute and unacceptable tragedy. We need the violence to stop and all those who have fled to be able to return to their homes quickly and safely. He "strongly emphasised the need for Burma to heed the Security Council's call to end violence and allow humanitarian access to those in need of aid. I have also seen for myself some of the communities which have been so badly damaged by what has happened here.feedback

Hillary Clinton

It has great potential to create better economic and social environment for all the countries and regions concerned.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The important thing is to get people in places where they can be assisted more easily. It is most likely that return will take time, if it happens, if the violence stops. It will be important also to find in the medium term suitable solutions for the people that are in Bangladesh. The first challenge is to get people out of the mud and the despair which they are finding themselves in.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

If development is not inclusive, it will not be addressing the root causes and solve the problem.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It is very clear that the cause of this crisis is in Myanmar, but that the solution of this crisis also lies in Myanmar. The lack of citizenship for the Rohingya, this needs to be addressed and resolved. Clearly if only the people with papers can go back, that will be a very small number if at all. So I think that the exercise should go beyond that and should really determine, if that's what is needed, who is a national, and those people should be allowed to go back and be given that citizenship.feedback

Desmond Tutu

If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.feedback

Geir Lundestad

This has happened many times before that laureates have been criticized. Aung Sang Suu Kyi was a very important spokeswoman for human rights in Burma and much of Asia. You cannot take that away from her.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

They have absolutely nothing. It is very clear the cause of this crisis is in Myanmar but that the solution is also in Myanmar.feedback

Filippo Grandi - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

They (have) seen villages burned down, families shot or hacked to death, women and girls brutalized. Solutions to this crisis lie with Myanmar.feedback

Maung Thway Chun

[W]e don't want Muslims to swallow our country. … They will not finish with attacking just Rakhine. They will also invade Chin State or Irrawaddy region. Then this country will be a Muslim country. It is such a shame for us that the land we inherited from our former generations will be lost in our time.feedback

Misada Saif - International Committee of the Red Cross

Our thoughts are with the families of the dead. They were there to help the people who desperately need help.feedback

Henry Van Thio

The security forces have been instructed to adhere strictly to the Code of Conduct in carrying out security operations, to exercise all due restraint, and to take full measures to avoid collateral damage and the harming of innocent civilians.feedback

Tirana Hassan

The evidence is irrefutable – the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine state ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar. Make no mistake: this is ethnic cleansing.feedback

Maria Cecilia Goin

All emergency support done by the organization and in the movement is done in a neutral and impartial manner.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

We have never criticized the military itself, but only their actions. We may disagree on these types of actions.feedback

Nipin Gangadharan - Action Against Hunger

I have served in crisis spots in South Sudan and other places, but the Rohingya situation is extraordinary.feedback

Muhammad Lutfor Rahman - Cox

Medical teams are working to help the sick and exhausted Rohingya and we are distributing food aid.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We've never changed our stand. Our goal has been national reconciliation from the very beginning. We have never criticised the military itself, but only their actions. We may disagree on these types of actions.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We'll continue to bring changes within the parliament. I've stood firm with the military before, and still do now.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

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. There have been no armed clashes and there have been no clearance operations. Nevertheless we are concerned to hear that numbers of Muslims are fleeing across the border to Bangladesh. We want to understand why this exodus is happening. We would like to talk to those who have fled as well as those who have stayed.feedback

Francis Wade

Only an acute fear, coupled with resentment, can produce the collective mental state that's being expressed right now in Myanmar.feedback

Myint Aung

There are some people who want to make trouble and want to grab the land of Myanmar. The army or the previous government – they mobilised people. They slowly educated people to hate Muslims.feedback

Myint Aung

What if [Aung San Suu Kyi] is against them? What sort of unimaginable problem would there be then?feedback

Ruchika Budhraja - Facebook

In response to the situation in Myanmar, we are only removing graphic content when it is shared to celebrate the violence, versus raising awareness and condemning the action. We are carefully reviewing content against our Community Standards and, when alerted to errors, quickly resolving them and working to prevent them from happening again.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

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, and allow unhindered humanitarian access. They must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long.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

When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it?feedback

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

Aung San Suu Kyi

We will abide by the criteria that were agreed on at that time. Those who have been verified as refugees from this country will be accepted without any problems and with full assurance of their security and access to humanitarian aid. Burma is a complex nation as you all know. And its complexities are compounded by the fact that people expect us to overcome all these challenges in as short a time as possible. We are a young and fragile democracy facing many problems. But we have to cope with them all at the same time... we cannot just concentrate on a few.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

After half a century or more of authoritarian rule, now we are in the process of nurturing our nation. We are a young and fragile country facing many problems, but we have to cope with them all. We cannot just concentrate on the few.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

[Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi] should agree that these people belong to her country and that Myanmar is their country. They should take them back. These people are suffering.feedback

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

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

This is a one-way ticket out of Burma in Bangladesh, and they will not be able to come back. People are saying not only were they chased out of their villages and shot at by the military and the police but as they left, their Rakhine village neighbours from nearby were coming to loot their properties and to burn down their villages.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

It's very important that political complexity within a country doesn't overwhelm fundamental rights. These untended humanitarian disasters are just the fuel for futher radicalisation and that is something that is going to dominate future UN general assemblies if it's not addressed now.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

It is very little known that the great majority of Muslims in the Rakhine state have not joined the exodus. More than 50% of the villages of Muslims are intact, they are as they were before the attacks took place.feedback

Sheikh Hasina

He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said 'it's doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar', . But he didn't make any comment about refugees.feedback

Boris Johnson

For this reason, Burma should not be surprised to find itself under international scrutiny and on the Security Council's agenda. As I have repeatedly said, no one wants to see a return to military rule, so it is vital that Aung San Suu Kyi and the civilian government make clear these abuses must stop.feedback

Thaung Tun

We will make sure that everybody who left their home can return to their home but this is a process we have to discuss. We want to make sure that everybody who needs humanitarian assistance gets it, without discrimination. That is one of the things we agreed on.feedback

Margaret McKee - Unison

The situation facing the Rohingya of Myanmar is appalling. Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary membership of Unison has been suspended, and we hope that she responds to international pressure.feedback

Mahatir Pasha

We will be actively removing Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary presidency as a symbol of our opposition to her current position and inaction in the face of genocide.feedback

John Tanner

If nothing changes, I think it is very likely that the city council will be stripping her of the freedom of the city. It's something that we very much regret but clearly the reasons for giving her support have now changed.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 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.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

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 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

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