Access to Rakhine is heavily restricted, which prevents accurate reports on the situation, so the U.N. and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have urged the Myanmar government to allow aid agencies and independent journalists to enter and investigate rights violations.
Both the NLD and Suu Kyi's image are now on the line.
"The situation illustrates that the NLD-led government has made little progress towards improving transparency and accountability since it took office in March 2016," Aherin warned.
The government's neglect of meaningful representation of all citizens and enforcement of independent checks and balances across political and military institutions translates into a poor adherence to democratic values, he continued.
This week, China called on "both sides" in Rakhine to exercise restraint and Malaysia may pull out of a soccer tournament it planned to co-host with Myanmar in protest against the Rohingya crisis, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Critics in the West are now increasingly lashing out against Suu Kyi, whose years of pro-democracy activism made her into an international hero.
"Aung San Suu Kyi is legitimizing genocide in Myanmar and has entrenched the persecution of the Rohingya minority," state crime specialists at Queen Mary University of London said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Despite the fact that this is the most significant test of Suu Kyi's leadership, she has remained remarkably indifferent," the researchers continued. "Her claim that 'we have not tried to hide anything on Rakhine' is utterly disingenuous. Her statements can only be interpreted as denial - a familiar and integral strategy deployed by criminal states to deflect blame."
On Thursday, John McKissick of the UN refugee agency told the BBC that Myanmar's government was seeking the ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas from its territory.
Since 2013, HRW has maintained that Burmese authorities were committing crimes against humanity in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingyas.
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