Nobel institute: Myanmar leader can't be stripped of prize

by Garry Watts September 9, 2017, 15:49
Nobel institute: Myanmar leader can't be stripped of prize

For a leader who is the state counsellor and enjoys more power than the President, how can she remain silent about the inhuman way in which the military is committing mass murder?

"But as I say, it was Aung San Suu Kyi who established the commission and in turn has embraced their recommendations". The government refuses to recognise the Rohingya as citizens and has subjected them to restrictions on marriage, employment, healthcare and education.

The army says it is rooting out "terrorists" among the ethnic Muslim population, after fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked dozens of police posts on 25 August.

Others who have bravely spoken out in support of the Rohingya include UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Recently, the growing list of voices calling on Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to protect Myanmar's Muslim minority, who they believed to be persecuted, was joined by fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Tutu.

Tutu, a Nobel peace prize victor, urged his fellow laureate to intervene, despite her recent defence of her military's actions.

Myanmar's security forces and Buddhist militants have been carrying out atrocities against the Rohingya for several months.

In April, Suu Kyi told the BBC "ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use" for the Rohingya crisis.

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The UN has warned that up to 300,000 Rohingya could stream into Bangladesh as they escape what the Myanmarese authorities have chillingly termed "clearance operations".

'We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people'. Suu Kyi further said that the issue of the Rohingya Muslims is one of the biggest challenges, dating back to pre-colonial times and hence, will take time to be resolved.

It adds to the increasing global 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.

"We are friendless in our own country: because we are racially different, we are religiously different and our appearance is different", says Tun Khin, a United Kingdom -based Rohingya Muslim activist whose family fled an earlier wave of violence to Bangladesh.

"Of course, our resources are not as complete and adequate as we would like them to be but, still, we try our best and we want to make sure that everyone is entitled to the protection of the law".

How a Nobel Peace Prize victor can remain silent and tow the line of the very same military against whom she fought all her life? These are mostly multireligious and multiethnic countries, and all have struggled in the past decade with the politics of Buddhist chauvinism and its often violent results. "It is like living in a prison".

"There are also those among us who have been saying this is an ethnic rather than a religious conflict and therefore that we do not, as Muslims, need to be concerned".

"I'm still hoping that she will wake up, be bold and take some leadership, she has not shown that leadership yet". The shaky, timid appeals launched by global and humanitarian organizations to save Muslim citizens from the aggression of the Burmese army and the authorities in Myanmar have become such a waste of time, He finished.


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