Suu Kyi is evading the ASEAN summit fearing potential criticism

Mishal,Staff Reporter|RNTv

Asean Summit in Singapore, a government spokesman said on Monday 23rd April, which would make it the first time for Aung San Suu Kyi to skip one since coming to power in 2016. Instead, President Win Myint, who was sworn-in last month, will represent Burma at 28th April Saturday’s summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Zaw Htay said.

He did not clarify why Suu Kyi will miss the next summit — and whether it might be due to criticism of her government’s handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Suu Kyi was pressed on that issue when she participated in a three-day special summit between Asean and Australia in Sydney last month.

She has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid atrocities committed by the military against the Rohingya Muslims, forcing nearly 700,000 of them to flee across the border to Bangladesh since last August 2017.