Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya plight


SYDNEY: The Dalai Lama has urged Myanmar’s Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to “do something” about the atrocities perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims.

“It’s very sad. In the Burmese case I hope Aung San Suu Kyi, as a Nobel laureate, can do something,” said the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in an interview with The Australian newspaper on Thursday.

The Dalai Lama added that he has already discussed the issue with Suu Kyi, who has been under fire by human rights activists for her silence on the issue.

“In a genocide, silence is complicity, and so it is with Aung San Suu Kyi,” wrote Penny Green, a law professor at the University of London and director of the State Crime Initiative, in an op-ed for the UK-daily The Independent earlier this month, adding that she has unforgivably chosen not to challenge “the vile racism and Islamophobia which characterises Burmese political and social discourse.”

“I met her two times, first in London and then the Czech Republic. I mentioned this problem and she told me she found some difficulties, that things were not simple but very complicated,” he was quoted as saying.

He, however, expressed hope that Suu Kyi would eventually find a way to end the plight of the Muslim community.

The Dalai Lama also slammed the indifference of the international community towards the brutal persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, urging worldwide action against the systematic abuse of the marginalized group.

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