Rakhine A Nobel laureate and several Muslim nations have strongly denounced and staged protests against Myanmar’s government over persecution of Muslim Rohingya minority in the western state of Rakhine.
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, said in a statement posted on social networking website Twitter that her heart breaks at the sufferings of Rohingya Muslims. She demanded that Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemn the violence against the Rohingya minority.
Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment, Yousafzai said, adding, 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.
Suu Kyi has done next to nothing to end the plight of the minority Muslims.
Pakistans Foreign Ministry has also voiced deep concern over reports of a growing number of deaths and the forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims. Islamabad has urged Myanmars government to investigate reports of massacre and to hold those involved accountable.
Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has called for an end to the violence in Rakhine state. The president also sent his Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to Myanmar, where she with met Monday with Suu Kyi and armed forces commander Min Aung Hlaing.
In an interview with Indonesian TV, Marsudi sidestepped questions about domestic pressure in the worlds most populous Muslim nation to sever diplomatic ties with Myanmar.
God willing, we would be able to directly help the Rohingya refugees, the top Indonesian diplomat said, adding, The priority is the safety of the Rohingya refugees.
Muslims hold anti-Myanmar rallies in Indonesia
On Monday, several hundred Muslim women demonstrated outside Myanmars embassy in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. They called for the government to take a tougher stance against the Rohingya Muslims persecution.
Protesters held big banners that read, Unite the people to free Rohingya Muslims and Stop Muslim genocide in Myanmar!
The world remains silent in the face of the massacre of Rohingya Muslims, said Farida, an organizer of protest who used a single name.
They have been tortured and killed like animals by Buddhists in Myanmar, she told the crowd outside the embassy, adding, We demand mobilization of our military to rescue the Rohingya.
Over the weekend, angry protesters in Jakarta set fire to a poster of Suu Kyi outside the Myanmar embassy.
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