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Malala; too little to hitting out at Suu Kyi

Malala; too little to hitting out at Suu Kyi”

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators - Democrats Dick Durbin, Illinois, Dianne Feinstein, California, and Cory Booker, New Jersey, and Republican John McCain, Arizona -issued a joint resolution condemning the "horrific acts of violence" against the Rohingya and imploring Suu Kyi "to play an active role in ending this humanitarian tragedy".

The Nobel citation praised her "non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights", which the prize committee considered "one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades".

Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, faces mounting criticism from some of her strongest supporters over her failure to speak out against the violence being committed against the Rohingya people - a stateless Muslim minority - and is even facing calls to be stripped of her peace prize.

The Rohingya have always been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship even if they have lived in the country for generations. The government refuses to recognise the Rohingya as citizens and has subjected them to restrictions on marriage, employment, healthcare and education.

"It is not just a matter of ethnic cleansing".

Critics have accused Suu Kyi of not speaking out for the Rohingya and some have called for the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 as a champion of democracy to be revoked.

Suu Kyi was in the U.S. on a tour organized by the U.S. State Department.

He warned that Myanmar's complaints of terrorism breeding amongst Rohingyas would only be validated if their persecution continued.

The petition's authors ask a rather pointed question: "What is wrong with being a Muslim, Suu Kyi?".

Ms Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said last Friday that more than a thousand people may have been killed in the subsequent army crackdown, a lot of them likely being Rohingya.

In a Facebook post on Myanmar State Counsellor Office on September 5, Suu Kyi said the discrimination of Rohingya Muslims was distorted through misinformation.

At an event to send off two military planes transporting 12 tonnes of aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, he also said he will raise the Rohingya issue with United States President Donald Trump when he visits the USA on Tuesday.

The wave of refugees, many sick or wounded, has strained the resources of aid agencies and communities already helping hundreds of thousands displaced by previous waves of violence in Myanmar. "It is like living in a prison". When an aid ship arrived in Myanmar earlier this year with food and emergency supplies bound for the troubled state of Rakhine, it was met with a small group of protesters bearing the sign "No Rohingya". One was the infamous Buddhist monk Wirathu, whose anti-Muslim rhetoric has helped trigger communal bloodshed across the country.

Vincent said Williams and her fellow Nobel laureates stood up for Suu Kyi during her years of house arrest in Myanmar, defending her in numerous public statements.

"We were disappointed in her reaction behind the scenes", said Rachel Vincent, the director of the Ottawa-based Nobel Women's Initiative, who was also at the NY meeting.

The human rights activist also talked about how she feels about starting her undergraduate studies at Oxford.



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