An open letter from Desmond Tutu to Aung San Su Kyi

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to speak up over her government’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims and to intervene in the crisis.

“Appreciating their shared responsibility to lead the fledgling democracy of Myanmar, Canada firmly reminds State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military leadership of their duty to work together and act responsibly in the face of the current humanitarian crisis”, read a statement from Freeland’s office on Thursday.

‘I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness, ‘ he wrote.

“Myanmar army is carrying out a genocide of the Rohingya with the help of Suu Kyi’s government”.

Their call is on grounds of continuing violence against the Rohingya people in Rakhine, Myanmar.

Instead, the Burmese leader, has blamed “terrorists” for “a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems”.

The Myanmar military undertook the current “clearance operations” after Rohingya militants attacked government forces on August 25, killing and injuring many among them.

The army, nevertheless, has justified its “clearance operation” in the region, saying “terrorists” among the ethnic Muslim population allegedly attacking non-Muslims are being rooted out, according to The Guardian UK.

Why lakhs of Rohingya Muslims are now stateless minority with nowhere to go?

This Aug. 30, 2017 photo shows Rohingya refugees reach for food aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border on Aug. 30.

Also, the President of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights and Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik condemned the violence in Myanmar and called on Suu Kyi to clarify her position and condemn what he referred to as “ethnic persecutions”, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK reported.

Rohingyas in northern Rakhine State are denied the right to a nationality and to participate in public life.

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

‘The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread.

Accusing Aung San Suu Chi, Myanmar’s state councillor of disgracing noble peace prize, Awami Ittehad Party chairperson, and MLA Langate Er Rasheed has ridiculed her claim that Myanmar is facing the same situation what India is facing in Kashmir.

How a Nobel Peace Prize victor can remain silent and tow the line of the very same military against whom she fought all her life? “She says ‘these are not my people, someone’s else’s people, ‘ I would say she has completely departed from her original role which brought her the Nobel Prize”. Some critics have even called for Suu Kyi’s Nobel Prize to be withdrawn. He added that none of the prize awarding committees in Oslo and Stockholm has considered revoking the prize after it is given.

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