Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi's silence

Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi's silence

Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi's silence

The United States has been facing worldwide condemnation due to its failure to censure Myanmar's de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi over her complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the Muslim-majority Rakhine region.

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.

Mr Tutu's remarks come after Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, wrote on Twitter that the "world is waiting" for Ms Suu Kyi to act.

In her first spoken remarks about the unrest, Ms Suu Kyi told Asian News TV channel this week that her government was facing its "biggest challenge".

The crisis is triggered by Muslim extremists' violent attacks against Myanmar's governmental forces, and the latter were pressured to take retaliatory actions.

The Trump administration has reluctantly expressed concerns about the state-sponsored violence against the Rohingya but refused to address calls for global sanctions against Suu Kyi's government. Human Rights Watch has analyzed satellite images that indicate Rohingya villages in northern Myanmar are being systematically burnt down.

He noted the government's commitment to implementing the recommendations submitted by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Suu Kyi has described the backlash over her handling of the Rohingya Muslim crisis as "a huge iceberg of misinformation...with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists", as cited by the AFP.

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Mr Tutu called for Ms Suu Kyi's intervention to help end the crisis.

The claim of "discrimination" against Muslims listed in the BHRN report was nearly identical to what Muslim minorities are having to cope with in Western countries.

Genocide, mass killing, ethnic cleansing, persecution.these words don't sit well when you talk about a Nobel Peace Prize victor.

Anyone who has even the slightest clue about worldwide affairs would distinctly remember Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle in Myanmar.

The number of Rohingya refugees who have fled from Burma to Bangladesh has surged to 270,000, the United Nations refugee agency said yesterday. "A country that is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country", says Tutu in his open letter. "We pray you to speak out for justice human rights and the unity of your people". Let us pray for them. "The situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades", she said.

She made the claim in a telephone call to Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while discussing the violence that triggered a flood of more than 120,000 refugees to cross the border into neighbouring Bangladesh to flee the fighting. She is a victim of terrorism herself and is supposed to have her own feelings and thoughts about the violence of Muslim terrorists.

Aung San Suu Kyi doesn't have the power to halt military operations, but many of her supporters, including Desmond Tutu, insist she has the moral standing and obligation to do so. A Change.org petition to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel peace prize had reached 377,332 signatures by Friday.

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