South Africa's Desmond Tutu slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - The organization that oversees the Nobel Peace Prize said Friday the 1991 prize awarded to Myanmar's Aung Sang Suu Kyi can not be revoked. Aung San Suu Kyi's denialism and lack of leadership and courage to try to reign in the Myanmar military from committing human rights abuses against the Rohingya is a disgrace to humanity and conduct unbecoming of a Canadian.

She (Suu Kyi) is a Nobel Prize victor. Some Rohingya are so desperate that they are fleeing Myanmar by boat, with many dying at sea. Dozens have drowned in river crossings.

The Rohingya Muslims, whose origins date back to 8th century's Arakan or present-day Rakhine, are stateless and unwanted in Myanmar.

On Friday, Tutu used his open letter to urge Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene and speak out.

Asked if Canada would welcome asylum claims from Rohingya Muslims, the prime minister reiterated a familiar welcoming message.

India has stood by Suu Kyi despite growing global pressure.

She became the country's de facto leader after Myanmar held its first free election in 2012 and she led her party to a landslide victory.

Shirin Ebadi, a prominent human rights activist and 2003 victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, has accused Aung San Suu Kyi of having "turned her back on democracy once she came to power". "None of the prize awarding committees in Stockholm and Oslo has ever considered revoking a prize after it has been awarded".

Regrettably, she is still being used by the West as a pawn on the Rohingya issue. She is embroiled in complex peace negotiations with ethnic groups who had led violent armed struggles.

There are now around 1.1m residents in the Southeast Asian nation, which is home to more than 100 ethnic groups and approximately 55 million people. It goes back to pre-colonial times, ' she added.

Sectarian violence between the Rohingya and Myanmar's Buddhist majority has flared repeatedly over the past two decades. Many others effectively live in open-air prisons, their villages watched over by security forces. The military remains politically powerful and oversees security operations, but Suu Kyi is still seen by Washington as key to sustaining civilian rule and eventually addressing the Rohingya's long-term grievances. A rising Buddhist nationalism has fanned the flames, led by hard-line monks who scream that Muslims want to overtake the country.

"Instead of challenging the military, she is now its poodle, its patsy, its flak-catcher in chief".

At the ceremony, Rohingya living in Dublin presented Ms Suu Kyi with gifts before she was given the freedom of the city by the lord mayor. She said she wasn't aware if Trump has spoken to Suu Kyi since becoming president.

The parliamentarians welcomed his statement but urged the Government to suspend British training of the Myanmarese military, which cost the United Kingdom around £305,000 previous year, given reports of beheadings, rape and children being deliberately shot. And if she loses both popular support and the Tatmadaw's backing, it'll be hard for to govern effectively or, conceivably, remain in power. As the most admired and famous Burmese person in the world, she owed the world an explanation for it.

Some say she may also worry for her safety.

Suu Kyi was in the U.S. on a tour organized by the U.S. State Department. "Aung San Suu Kyi fails to do".

The US condemns a "variety" of attacks - "attacks on security forces, attacks on civilians (and) attacks by civilians", he said.

Now the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has called on the government to act in order to prevent further bloodshed.

"We urge all sides to exercise restraint and respect human rights", Ms Bishop said.

Human rights groups are equally appalled. This is a terrorism issue superimposed on a communal crisis.

Suu Kyi "has to reconcile between the worldwide community and the local community, and they are not in line", she said.

Others gave up on her long ago.

"I have raised the plight of the Rohingya people 13 times in the Commons", Genuis said in a news release Thursday. "She's saying, 'I'm not a human rights activist".

Although he has not directly criticise Aung San Suu Kyi, the secretary-general condemned Myanmar's leaders. "She is failing to do so".


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