Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi's silence

Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi's silence

Accusing Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar's of disgracing noble prize, AIP chief and MLA Lagate Er Rasheed Thursday ridiculed her claim that "Myanmar is facing the same situation what India is facing in Kashmir".

"The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread", Tutu said in the letter to Aung San Suu Kyi, in which he spoke of the years of "injustice and sacrifice you endured out of your love and commitment for Myanmar's people". Myanmar needs Ms. Suu Kyi to rediscover her voice.

Suu Kyi said that such misinformation helps promote the interests of "terrorists", a reference to Rohingya insurgents whose deadly attacks on Burma security posts 25 August triggered the latest military crackdown and streams of refugees.

"I think we can't even imagine for a second what it's like when your citizenship, your right to live in a country, is completely denied", she said, adding, "This should be a human rights issue".

Anti-Apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has condemned Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence on the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in her country.

Despite Suu Kyi defending her government's handling of the growing crisis, Tutu urged his fellow Nobel peace price victor to intervene.

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

Camps will be set up to provide aid for displaced Muslims inside Rakhine state, state-backed media said yesterday, the first time in a 16-day crisis that Myanmar's government has offered any relief for Rohingya scattered by violence, many to Bangladesh.

But more than 386,000 have now signed an petition on the website calling for the award to be revoked.

On Tuesday, the United Nations secretary general, Antonio Guterres, said the government clearance operations in Rakhine "risked" ethnic cleansing.

"However", she said, "we will continue to urge them to make sure this aid actually reaches those in need, as quickly as possible, and that it is delivered in a manner that protects their rights and dignity".

"As we witness the unfolding horror we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again".

'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. "We pray for you to intervene", Tutu wrote.

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