February 24 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu urges Suu Kyi to speak up over Rohingya crisis

February 24 2018, 05:47 | Van Peters

Archbishop Desmond Tutu urges Suu Kyi to speak up over Rohingya crisis

Media Rush to the Aid of Rohingya Terrorists

Since the word "Buddhism" is taken as synonymous to peaceful existence, it is painful for me as a Buddhist to read the words "Buddhist extremists" and the horrors and suppression consistently and time immemorially invoked against our fellow human beings. This is precisely the reason that the worldwide community and the United Nations need to step in.

"I think the government has many heads".

The UN Human Rights Chief has warned that the treatment of the Muslim Rohingya population in the country's Rakhine state appears to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". My answer is no.

The matter does call for more profound reflection than has ever been in evidence. Well, it certainly isn't due to doubts about the atrocities being perpetrated against the Rohingya. They must cease immediately.

Some 125,00 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state since violence intensified on August 25, according to the latest United Nations figures. My relatives were not Rohingya, who have been a Burmese minority for centuries and are being ethnically cleansed now, but Indians from Gujarat who had settled in Burma as traders with the encouragement of the British Raj.

Nobel Prize Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has spoken up strongly against his one-time friend and fellow prize victor Aung San Su Kyi for her handling of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. The media continues to favour and prioritise certain catastrophes over others.

The military rulers, against whom Suu Kyi struggled to come to power, amended the constitution in 1982 to render the Rohingyas a stateless people. Some don't survive the journey. This led to widespread protests by locals who feared that the new settlers would be indoctrinated by the ISI and other Pakistani agencies, adding to an already volatile situation in the disturbed state.

In fact, some political groups rejected the commission from the start.

The Rohingya have always been subjected to discrimination in the Buddhist-majority country. "The Rakhine [situation] is a problem and it is very worrying", he said.

"That make's Aung San Suu Kyi's job harder: the majority of the country would be against her if she were to step in for the north".

It's true that the generals maintain a grip on many parts of the state, and she needs them to govern.

In a rare statement last week by her office, she chose to use the opportunity to blame "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" about the violence. The effect of a stumble could be catastrophic for all.

Her reticence likely reflects a political calculus.

If the global community truly wants to see Myanmar as a stable country that can prosper under democratic rule, it needs to help the government halt the violence in Rakhine immediately and implement Kofi Annan's recommendations as soon as possible. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said that the government can not tell the military not to launch offensives. This final report was released the day before an insurgent group attacked Myanmar's border guard posts.

Over the years, Buddhist nationalists have also used Myanmar's biggest city Yangon as a staging ground for mass protests against the Muslim population.

He also confirmed that Switzerland is in contact with Aung San Suu Kyi. With so many military and police in charge of its affairs, would the religion whose job it is boost Thai nationalism and the feudal status quo need any other support? She must give voice to them, investigate them, and take all necessary means to prevent their repeat.

Myanmar has a long road ahead. And Suu Kyi is in no position to oppose this stance, even if she wanted to.

"We're also committed to protecting minorities and vulnerable groups of people, above all women and children, and looking after the victims of violence". Time and again she has been hailed as the epitome of peace, liberty, and human rights.

- Kevin Rudd is the 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010; 2013) and former Foreign Minister (2010-2012) of Australia.

Ms Suu Kyi spent nearly 15 of the 21 years between 1989 to 2010 under house arrest in Myanmar. She was The Hon.

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