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

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

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

She said Myanmar's star politician Aung San Suu Kyi had failed to use her moral authority to defend the Rohingya. "Slowly, one after another, villages are being burnt down - I believe that Rohingya are already wiped out completely from Rathedaung", said Ms Chris Lewa of Rohingya monitoring group The Arakan Project.

"We are very concerned by the United Nations announcement on September 8 that an estimated 270,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 following allegations of serious human rights abuses in Burma's Rakhine State, including violent attacks and mass burnings of villages", the statement from spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday alongside Indian premier Narendra Modi, the leader appreciated Indian concerns over "terrorist threat that came to our (Myanmar) country a couple of weeks ago".

"... I am now elderly, decrepit and formerly retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya".

Aung San Suu Kyi has not said much - except that the crisis in Rakhine state was being distorted by what she called misinformation.

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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.

Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1991, has recently been criticised for her lacklustre response to the ongoing crisis. The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread.

'We know that you know that human beings may look and worship differently - and some may have greater firepower than others - but none are superior and none inferior. A country that is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country'. "The number of people who have been displaced is hundreds of thousands", Malala said in an interview to the BBC, as she called for an global response to the violence in Myanmar.

"It is not possible to strip a Nobel Peace Prize laureate of his or her award once bestowed", Njolstad wrote.

By comparison, communal violence in 2012 in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, led to the killing of almost 200 people and the displacement of about 140,000, a lot of them Rohingya. "You in India are well-versed with this, because India has a large Muslim community and in place like Kashmir, where you face terrorism, the trouble of sorting out the terrorists from the innocent citizen and all those who are not involved in the terrorist movement at all, comes up".

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