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Myanmar's Suu Kyi to Skip UN Assembly Amid Rohingya Crisis

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Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar, will skip the U.N. General Assembly. The U.N.

says the violence toward the Rohingya is "ethnic cleansing.".

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi to Skip UN Assembly Amid Rohingya Crisis

After facing criticism for her response to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi  is skipping  the United Nations General Assembly.

Suu Kyi isn't technically the president.

Myanmar's Parliament elected her to the role of  state counselor  because she is barred from holding the presidency.

But the position effectively makes her Myanmar's de facto leader.

One of her close political allies, Htin Kyaw, was elected president in 2016.

The Rohingya are an ethnic group in Myanmar,  largely shunned  by much of the country's mostly Buddhist population.

They're officially considered illegal immigrants rather than citizens, making it tough for them to get work.

After a Rohingya militant group coordinated a series of attacks on police and military in Myanmar, refugees say Myanmar's army retaliated, killing hundreds of Rohingya civilians and driving them out of their homes.

The U.N. criticized Myanmar's government after more than 300,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to escape the violence.

SEE MORE: Violence In Myanmar Forces UN To Pause Food Assistance Program "The situation remains, or seems, a textbook example of ethnic cleansing," U.N.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al  Hussein said .

The U.N.

General Assembly presents an opportunity to  work on humanitarian problems , but it could be more difficult without Suu Kyi's attendance or input.

Still, the U.N. will hold a meeting to discuss how to address the violence.

Suu Kyi, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her  pro-democracy activism , denied the military is targeting Rohingya people.

She instead  blamed terrorists  for the attacks on Rohingya communitites.

However, Suu Kyi did pledge to address the situation in a speech Sept. 19.

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