Azhar to lead worldwide efforts against massacre of Rohingya Muslims

Aaron Brown
September 9, 2017

"The massacre and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas was a slap in the face of Nobel peace prize victor and the leader of Myanmar Suu Kyi, who failed to protect the Rohingya Muslims and other minority communities", read the resolution.

A petition demanding that the Nobel prize committee rescind Aung San Suu Kyi's award for failing to stop a "crime against humanity in her country" has garnered more than 380,000 signatures.

Mr Tutu, who retired in 2010, said he was breaking a vow to "remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness" for the plight of the Rohingya.

The popular leader emerged as Myanmar's de facto leader after the country conducted its first free election in the year 2012.

The Rohingya persecution is among the least known such cases in the world, largely because of Myanmar's long seclusion and the remoteness of the region.

"Part of the problem is that there is not the kind of strong interest in the White House as there used to be", said Derek Mitchell, who was USA ambassador to Myanmar from 2012 to 2016.

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

Some experts say that while Myanmar's government must be held to account for the crisis, blaming Suu Kyi entirely won't help, given that she leads a fragile new democracy. Otherwise, he said, the violence could spread throughout Rakhine and around the country.

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

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Aung San Suu Kyi's denialism and lack of leadership and courage to try to reign in the Myanmar military from committing human rights abuses against the Rohingya is a disgrace to humanity and conduct unbecoming of a Canadian.

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.

"We know that you know that human beings may look and worship differently - and some may have greater firepower than others", he writes.

"When she asked people around the world to use their freedom to support freedom for her and many Burma democrats in prison, she entered into an unwritten compact", said Phil Robertson, the deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division.

Suu Kyi, feted for her years of peaceful opposition to Myanmar's military rulers, has been urged to speak up for the Rohingya, with Muslim nations and the UN leading condemnation of her government.

I visited Myanmar in 2014 and interviewed many Rohingya in the miserable, water-logged camps of Rakhine where thousands of displaced Rohingya struggle to survive.

Myanmar's government claims it merely was responding to a terrorist provocation when it unleashed an appalling assault on a deeply persecuted minority population that can only be described as genocide.

Congressional leaders from both parties are adding their voices to the worldwide condemnation of the violence in western Myanmar that has sent an estimated 164,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh and led to growing doubts over Ms Suu Kyi's leadership.

Millions of Buddhists across the country also face same economic hardships that the Rohingyas are supposed to be facing.

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