Muslim World Blasts Myanmar Persecution Of Rohingya

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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 Myanmar’s 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.

Pakistan’s 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 Myanmar’s 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 world’s 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 Myanmar’s 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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