Aung San Suu Kyi cancels only Australian public appearance

Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the Leaders Plenary Session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on 18 March 2018

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Despite Bishop's promise to raise the issue, Human Rights Watch's Australia Director Elaine Pearson told Asian Correspondent ahead of the Asean summit last week that: "ultimately, I don't think, given the gravity of these abuses, that just having a quiet chat behind closed doors is really enough".

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Neither Suu Kyi nor Turnbull made public remarks before their meeting, but the Australian leader said on Sunday that Suu Kyi spoke "at considerable length" during the ASEAN meeting about Rakhine State, appealing to her Southeast Asian neighbours for humanitarian help.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed to Australia's Parliament House on Monday for the official start of a state visit that has provoked protests over her muted response to a military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims. "She seeks support from ASEAN and other nations to provide help from a humanitarian and capacity-building point of view".

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) administration has come in for harsh criticism over its inaction and failure to protect Rohingya Muslims.

According to United Nations estimates, more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's northern Rakhine State to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military launched a brutal offensive in response to attacks on police and army posts by a small group of extremists known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on 25 August 2017.

Among the atrocities, villages were burned, women raped and babies murdered.

Despite facing widespread worldwide condemnation, Suu Kyi was welcomed to Parliament House in Canberra today by a 19-gun salute.

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Malaysia's leader Najib Razak had warned Saturday that the issue could threaten regional security since those victimised could fall prey to extremist groups like the Islamic State.

Myanmar staunchly denies that its security forces have targeted civilians in Rakhine state.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, was a longtime political prisoner of Myanmar's former junta and frequently called for global intervention in her country during her nearly 15 years under house arrest.

But Australia did support a United Nations resolution in December condemning the "very likely commission of crimes against humanity" by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya.

Though Suu Kyi has been the de facto head of Myanmar's civilian government since her party took power, she is limited in her control of the country by a constitution written by the outgoing junta.

Ms Suu Kyi has not denounced military action or addressed genocide claims.

Australia's Attorney General has said he would not allow the lawsuit, lodged by activist lawyers in Melbourne on behalf of Australia's Rohingya community, to proceed because Suu Kyi had diplomatic immunity.

University of Sydney and University of Technology awarded Ms Suu Kyi with honorary doctorate degrees.

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