"But none are superior and none inferior ... when you scratch the surface we are all the same". Derek Mitchell, who was U.S. ambassador to Myanmar under former President Barack Obama's administration, told the Associated Press that the militant attacks have "in some ways empowered the military to assert themselves 'as saviors of the country, ' which is how they like to see themselves".
Getty Images Rohingya Muslim refugees sleep under a makeshift shelter in a clearing in a forest after crossing the border from Myanmar on September 8, 2017 in Gundum, Bangladesh. He is president of Burmese Rohingya Organization UK.
"The issue [Rohingya Muslims] is one of the biggest challenges Myanmar has to face, because you know that the situation in Rakhine has been hard for many decades and infact it goes right back to pre-colonial times", Suu Kyi told ANI.
Long before the latest violence sent 270,000 Rohingyas pouring across the border to Bangladesh, fleeing for their lives, they lived a bleak existence.
Rohingya Muslims are a hated minority group in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
Bangladesh, the favoured destination of refugees from the Arakans or Rakhine state, has refused point blank to accommodate them. Since then, atrocities on Rohingyas in Myanmar have increasingly drawn attention in India. The way they are killing and torturing one of the most persecuted minorities in the world is absolutely unacceptable.
And none of this is new.
Tutu expressed profound sadness at what is happening to the Rohingya.
It adds to the increasing worldwide criticism the de facto leader of Myanmar - also known as Burma - has faced over her handling of the situation facing Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state. "It goes back to pre-colonial times".
Aung San Suu Kyi is the country's civilian head, but she in not Commander-in-Chief of the military - a military that still has significant grips on the country's institutions, and complete control of all facets of defense, border control, and home affairs.
The Prime Minister's statement came in the backdrop of recent violence in the Rakhine state where Rohingya militants allegedly attacked police posts killing 12 security personnel, the BBC reported. They believe it is a continuation of a sustained campaign to wipe them out. Myanmar's army does not sugarcoat its words; it blatantly states that it is committing clearance, or in other words, genocide.
But Madam Suu Kyi largely remained silent on the matter despite being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize victor in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. Last week, she reportedly blamed "terrorists" for the "huge iceberg of misinformation" surrounding the crisis.
Nobody expects this of Aung San Suu Kyi, but it is the absence of even rhetorical intervention that disturbs many former supporters.
"But now it looks like she's reneging on the deal ... and it's a gut punch to the world community that supported her".
They also insist this isn't a legal or immigration question. The worldwide media clearly revealed; "During the crackdown, government troops were accused of an array of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killing, rape and arson".
"We've had intensive talks with her about the situation in the north, above all the discrimination against the Muslim minority", he told the Tages-Anzeiger.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her government are sandwiched politically by the powerful military, nationalist parties and an undemocratic Constitution. "In the least, we're talking about crimes against humanity", he said.
The United Nations has appealed for aid in order to tackle a humanitarian crisis in Rohingya refugee camps and makeshift shelters in southern Bangladesh where a large number of Rohingyas have fled.
I saw a 23-year-old woman, Ms Minura Begum, lose her baby because she needed a doctor. "Human Rights Watch emphasised the Myanmar Government to "stop this offensive" and allow 'humanitarian assistance" and neutral journalists to know the facts.
Peacekeepers must be sent in, he added. And when she has spoken out, it has been to call "fake news" on the claims emerging from Rakhine State.
Professor Yunus said the refugees flooding already poverty-stricken towns and villages would create a lot of tension between the two countries and risked the security of the region. "It is time to act".