Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi's silence


The world loved her, the military dictatorship resented her.

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu condemned Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi's silence on the "slow genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya community by Myanmar's military forces. Some critics have even called for Suu Kyi's Nobel Prize to be withdrawn.

But neither the Trump administration nor lawmakers are readying sanctions or levying real pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi's government.

Cut to 2017, Rohingya Muslims, a million-strong ethnic minority is being persecuted in Suu Kyi's Myanmar. Their attacks - which killed more than a dozen security or government officials - may be seen by some outsiders as a "legitimate" retaliation to alleged military oppression and human rights abuses against Muslims in Rakhine State.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is under attack by rights groups, campaign groups and the worldwide media for not publicly defending the rights of the Muslim refugees. Though Suu Kyi and her government has repeatedly called all this "misinformation" and "fake news", question remains - What's happening in Myanmar?.

The persecution of the Rohingyas has seldom ignited such a sense of despair around the world.

Few Canadians know of the Rohingya and their plight in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Myanmar's army has been waging a ruthless campaign to crush Rohingya rebels in the northwest of the country, a campaign marked by widespread abuses against the local population. So, it is ridiculous to argue that Buddhists are afraid of Muslims' takeover of Myanmar.

"It is Muslims killing Muslims, as well".

When asked whether or not his government would take back Canada's special recognition of Suu Kyi on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau skirted the question by calling the humanitarian situation "terrible" and "extremely preoccupying".

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai has called on the worldwide community to intervene to protect Myanmar's Muslim minority Rohingya fleeing violence and terror. Buddhism has largely escaped this by identifying them as nonviolent and loving ones until Times Magazine put the spotlight by its cover story entitled "The Face of the Buddhist Terror". "The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting".

"So spare no effort in waging jihad against them and repulsing their attacks, and beware of letting down our brothers in Burma", he said in a video message, released by al-Qaeda's al-Malahem media foundation. Some of those videos are so graphic and violent that it is hard to watch. There are reports of villages being burned to the ground and the military deliberately targeting civilians, but access to the region is limited, so the reports can't be independently verified.

According to United Nations estimates, up to 300,000 Rohingya could be displaced into neighbouring Bangladesh due to "clearance operations" by the Tatmadaw, Burma's armed forces.

We understand that there is no quick fix to ethnicity and religion-based conflicts.

He observed that Bangladesh is showing maximum restraint and remain unprovoked as it is trying to resolve the crisis peacefully with Myanmar. But we are also against any killing whether it is by the Buddhists or by the Muslims. We believe journalism should be open, fearless and unbiased.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday that her government was doing its best to protect everyone in Rakhine.

In 2012, the museum awarded Suu Kyi the Elie Wiesel Award, its highest honour.

PEACE - what a nostalgic word!