Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Tutu implores 'beloved sister' Daw Suu to end violence in Rakhine

Malaysian writers call for witdrawal of Nobel prize from Suu Kyi over violence against Rohingya Malala; too little to hitting out at Suu Kyi
Christy Curtis | 11 September, 2017, 00:45

Ms Suu Kyi came to Dublin in 2012 to accept the honour, which was awarded to her in 2000 while she was under military house arrest. By 2013 Human Rights Watch was already protesting ethnic cleansing and large numbers had fled to Bangladesh. Dozens have drowned in river crossings.

In updated figures released by the authorities on Thursday, Myanmar said 6,600 Rohingya homes and 201 non-Muslim homes had been burned to the ground since August 25. The army calls its actions "clearance operations" aimed at Rohingya insurgents who attacked police on August 25, killing 12 officers.

"Suu Kyi is a Nobel Prize victor".

Speaking out for the first time since the crisis in Rakhine began last month, Suu Kyi defended her government's handling of renewed violence in the predominantly Muslim Rakhine state.

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.

"When a laureate can not maintain peace, then for the sake of peace itself the prize needs to be returned or confiscated by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee".

Abdul Majid from the Arkan Rohingyan Community of Australia said the situation was becoming increasingly desperate for the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. "She is a part of it".

Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation's state counsellor and de facto leader, claimed this week that the situation is being twisted by a "huge iceberg of misinformation".

Suu Kyi has come under fire from the global community because of the latest atrocities targeting Muslims in Myanmar.

The Rohingya have always been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship and regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even if they have lived in the country for generations.

Sectarian violence between the Rohingya and Myanmar's Buddhist majority has flared repeatedly over the past two decades. The military remains politically powerful and oversees security operations, but Suu Kyi is still seen by Washington as key to sustaining civilian rule and eventually addressing the Rohingya's long-term grievances. A rising Buddhist nationalism has fanned the flames, led by hard-line monks who scream that Muslims want to overtake the country.

At the ceremony, Rohingya living in Dublin presented Ms Suu Kyi with gifts before she was given the freedom of the city by the lord mayor.

"We reiterate our call for proportionality, the protection of civilians and an end to the use of violence".

"As partners now, we can encourage, we can facilitate, we can assist", said Patrick Murphy, a senior USA diplomat for Southeast Asia. She is known for a regal bearing that borders on haughty, but her powers are sharply limited. Past year she invited an worldwide commission led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan to help her government address the sectarian tensions.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for example, has refused to speak out and has instead offered his support to her.

Buckley said what was important was not the reputation of a country but the killing of hundreds of thousands of people.

Some say she may also worry for her safety.

India has stood by Suu Kyi despite growing worldwide pressure. The brazen killing appeared to stun Suu Kyi, who waited several weeks before issuing a public statement about it. Additionally, over 120 000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi once said, "It is not power that corrupts, but fear. We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness", Desmond Tutu said.

"It is also an issue of security and economic development", Thet Thet Khine said. "Getting elected", she said.

Others gave up on her long ago. "I can not believe. I am so disappointed on how she has behaved". In 1995 she met her husband in Myanmar for the last time, four years before his death from cancer.

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