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Myanmar Says Richardson Asked to Step Down From Advisory Panel

Myanmar Says Richardson Asked to Step Down From Advisory Panel

Richardson also accused Suu Kyi of a "furious response" to his calls to help free two Reuters journalists arrested while reporting on the Rakhine crisis. Comprising five high-profile worldwide figures and five local experts, it is chaired by former Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai and tasked with advising the implementation committee led by Social Welfare Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye. "But with Aung San Suu Kyi, her reaction was one of the strongest against the release of the prisoners".

"We understand his emotion about the two Reuters correspondents". However, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi refused to discuss the issue, saying it was outside the scope of the advisory board's mandate.

Richardson joined the Myanmar board as a private citizen, but the US State Department said the Washington administration shares many of his concerns.

"I still admire and like her, but I am sure that's not the case on her part", he said. "And like our statement said, it is not a legitimate statement by him".

Richardson could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday. It described his intent as "not to provide advice based on recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State chaired by Dr. Kofi Annan, but to pursue his own agenda". Attempts by others to intervene could be tantamount to contempt of court, the deputy minister said.

Duterte has earned global criticism for his war on drugs. They point to the case of Richardson, whose appointment has backfired by fuelling worldwide criticism of the state counsellor.

On Monday, just a day before the beginning of the much-discussed repatriation process of Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, all of a sudden Bangladesh chose to postpone sending them back to their native country.

United Nations officials, former United States president Barack Obama, European lawmakers, former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria, and a slew of Philippine and global human rights groups have criticized him for his bloody drug war.

Doomsday Clock now 2 minutes to midnight, closest since Cold War
It is now sitting at two minutes to midnight , scientists from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist announced this afternoon. In an uncharacteristic move, the scientists moved the clock by 30 seconds in 2017 , to 2½ minutes to midnight.

Worldwide members of the board visited Myanmar between Monday and Thursday as it had its first meetings with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other key officials in her government.

He said the United Nations was inutile for failing to stop killings and massacres.

Meyer, when asked whether Richardson's resignation hurt the team's credibility, especially in the eyes of the global community, said, "Not at all".

Richardson also did not feel Surakiart was committed to addressing the root causes of the conflict in Rakhine.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled to neighboring Bangladesh as the Myanmar army carried out brutal reprisals in northern Rakhine in response to Rohingya militant attacks on border posts in late August.

The former diplomat affirmed that "the main reason I am resigning is that this advisory board is a whitewash", according to Al Jazeera.

Forsyth recently visited the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox Bazar.

"This moment is not safe to go back", he said.

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