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Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, leave after attending the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India.

Welcoming Bill Richardson's decision to resign from the Advisory Board on Rakhine State - terming the board as whitewashing Advisory Board, ARSA Commander-in-Chief Ataullah urged the other members of the board to refrain from assisting the Myanmar government and its army in crime against Rohingyas.

"And I think Aung San Suu Kyi has brought this upon herself, the constant disparagement of the worldwide community, which I think can be helpful to her ..."

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday called on President Ram Nath Kovind.

Richardson said Suu Kyi's response at a Monday night dinner was "furious" when he brought up the case of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested on December 12 on suspicion of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act. "There's a long history of the establishment of commissions that essentially serve to whitewash human rights violations in Rakhine state", said Matthew Smith, co-founder of the Thailand-based Fortify Rights.

Surakiart "parroted the unsafe and untrue notion that global NGOs employ radicals and that the humanitarian agencies are providing material support to ARSA", he said, referring to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a militant group that launched attacks on Myanmar security outposts last summer. It had made recommendations for more press freedom, he said.

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The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations resigned from an advisory panel set-up by the government after accusing members of trying to "whitewash" the crisis. Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled a Myanmar army crackdown and crossed over to Bangladesh in recent months.

In the meantime, a Myanmar government spokesman also hit back on Thursday, accusing Richardson of over-stepping the mark in his stinging resignation letter.

Since late August 2017, almost 690,000 Rohingya had fled to Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

Aung San Suu Kyi's tepid response to the crisis and failure to openly rebuke the military has punctured her reputation as a rights icon. Smith said the risk is "very high that violence could spread to other areas", with more than in Myanmar, including major non-Buddhist communities who have historically been oppressed.

Suu Kyi's government said on Friday it did not want discuss the details of the exchange between Suu Kyi and Richardson any further.

Organized by the government, the advisory board visited Rakhine state on Wednesday, where they were shown the preparation work on acceptance of refugees returning from Bangladesh.


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