Myanmar’s Nobel laureate now facing wrath of Muslim world -on plight of the Rohingyas

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee, has said in an interview to The Hindu that the number of people killed in the violence since August 25 in Myanmar has crossed 1,000.

Hundreds of women rallied in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. They called for the government to take action against persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Moscow Muslims gathered in front of the Myanmar Embassy in solidarity with Rohingya Muslims who claim to be persecuted in the troubled northwest of the country, according to photos and videos on social media. The rally took place in front of the Myanmar Embassy in the center of the Russian capital on Sunday. A massive rally in support of Rohingya Muslims also took place in Chechnya’s Grozny on Sunday, report Chechnya GTRK Groznyy.

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Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai and other Muslim nations in Asia also criticized Myanmar’s persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority as thousands in these countries staged angry protests against Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.

At least 90,000 refugees from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since violence escalated on August 25, according to the United Nations, overwhelming existing camps for the displaced.

The violence led the U.N. World Food Program last week to halt aid deliveries to some 250,000 people in Rakhine state.

The Rohingya have long faced discrimination in Myanmar but bloody rioting in 2012 forced more than 100,000 into displacement camps in Bangladesh, where many still live today.

At least another 30,000 are believed stuck on the Myanmar side of the border seeking to cross the Naf River into Bangladesh.

Almost 20,000 Rakhine and other minority groups have fled south for the state capital Sittwe and further afield, the government says.

Malala, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said her “heart breaks” at the suffering of Rohingya Muslims and urged Myanmar’s leader, a fellow Nobel laureate, to condemn the violence against the Rohingya minority.

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“Over the last several years I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting.”

The latest eruption of violence in Rakhine state has killed more than 1000 people and triggered an exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh. It began after insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect their ethnic minority from persecution by security forces in the majority Buddhist country.

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Reports of killings by security forces and images of lines of people including children and the elderly attempting to cross the swampy border into Bangladesh have sparked anger and battered the reputation of Suu Kyi, previously lionized by the Western media for her decades of resistance to Myanmar’s former military rulers.

In response, Myanmar’s military unleashed what it called “clearance operations.” Human Rights Watch says satellite imagery shows 1500 buildings were burned in the Rohingya Muslim villages in Rakhine state where the rights group has documented burning of homes and property.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Chechnya on Monday to protest what the Chechen leader called “genocide of Muslims” in Myanmar. Pakistan’s foreign ministry said it is deeply concerned by reports of growing numbers of deaths and the forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims. And several hundred Muslim women demonstrated outside the Myanmar Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Monday.

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