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The Indian Herald

June 21, 2012

Burma Burns: Aung San Suu Kyi in Britain, utters no word on ethnic violence, killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Silent on killing of Rohingyas
Even as violence escalates in Myanmar where Buddhist attacks on minority Rohingya Muslims have led to displacement of 90,000 persons, Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who is on a trip to England, remained silent.

There was no statement from her regarding the deadly reprisal attacks back home against the Rohingya Muslims, who have suffered persecution at the hands of military for decades and are now targeted by the fundamentalist groups among the majority community in the Buddhist dominated nation.

Suu Kyi, who is on a trip to Europe, got a grand welcome at Ireland. In Oxford, she was felicitated and honored with a doctorate degree. But the activist, who is now a lawmaker in Myanmar, has kept mum over the atrocities on Rohingyas in her home country.

While Western media hailed her and gave her a hero's welcome, there is a question mark on her commitment towards peace and freedom now. Despite her house arrest for years by the junta, her strange silence at the ethnic violence has stunned people in South Asia and Middle East.

There has been growing criticism over her failure to raise voice on the plight of minorities in her country. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have said that though they voted for her in 1990 election, she never cared for them, as per Channelnewsasia.com report 'Rohingya refugees call for Suu Kyi's help'.

The recent clashes in Myanmar began after report of a Burmese Buddhist woman's rape. It was blamed on Muslims. This led to a series of reprisal attacks that has so far killed 50 people in Western Myanmar. The Rohingyas have not been allowed to enter neighbouring Bangladesh either.

TIH Bureau 

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