Chittagong, Arakan State: Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) and Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) strongly condemn Burma opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her outrageous comments on Muslims in an interview with BBC on 24 October, according to their joint press release issued on 26 October.
There are so many Rohingya activists who also condemned her remarks on Burma’s peaceful living Muslim minority communities are full of prejudice based on fanatical patriotism and islamophobia, said Habibul Rahaman, the vice chairman of ARNO.
Nobel laureate – Daw Su – tried to defend Buddhist extremism saying that 90 per cent Buddhists in Burma are terrified by “global Muslim power” where 4 per cent Muslim of Burma’s population – in a situation of injustice, ethnic cleansing and genocide – and this is a pretext or a fictitious reason, where Burma is a predominantly Buddhist country, particularly when the Rohingya are rendered stateless with no basic freedoms, in order to conceal the real reason, the press release said.
Global Muslim power? How powerful can a 4 per cent minority be, particularly when the Rohingya are explicitly forbidden from becoming citizens of Burma and therefore have no political weight whatever? What is Suu Kyi trying to say? The Buddhist in Burma are so terrified” global Muslim power” That we should not be surprised when they turn on Muslims at home?, described on the Daily Telegraph blogs UK by David Blair.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi sought to explain the communal violence, which has forced 140,000 Muslims to flee their homes, as a product of the “fear” of the Buddhist majority, according to Daily Telegraph UK.
“This is what the world needs to understand: that the fear is not just on the side of the Muslims, but on the side of the Buddhists as well.”
Daw Aung Suu Kyi never visited the Rohingya areas since the riot started in 2012 June where credible organization-Human Rights Watch (HRW) had found evidences of mass graves in Arakan and international law experts examined all evidences, conclude that ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity have been perpetrated against the Rohingya population, but, she rejects to accept and condemn these international crimes, said the joint statement.
I condemn any movement that is based on hatred and extremism, replied Daw Suu when Mishal Husain of BBC asked, “Do you condemn the anti-Muslim violence?”
How could a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize fail to answer that question with a simple “Yes”?
“Daw Aung san Suu Kyi is a Nobel laureate, may be changed her statement on Muslim in Burma if she visited, investigated and studied the riot of Arakan State and central Burma, said Aman Ullah, a Rohingya activist.
Rohingya activists denounced Suu Kyi’s comments to BBC as absurd. “The Noble Laureate’s description of anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar is full of absurdity,”
Western country build her as a human rights champion and democracy Icon, to use as tool awarding a Nobel prize to stand against Military regime of Burma, in fact she is not. Her BBC interview showed her ambition and stand for Muslim. She is playing a vital role in the region to win in 2015 general election in Burma. She is hungry for the power and presidency post in Burma, said Nur Hashim from Canada.
The great humanitarian disaster being faced by the Rohingyas or Muslim in their squalid displacement camps and villages under siege in segregated and apartheid like situation and continued plight and dilemma of an estimated 1.5 million Rohingya diaspora and boat people around the world, but Daw Suu tries to befool the international community saying “A number of Buddhists had left the country during the era of dictatorship”, according to joint press release. “This remark is completely irrelevant.”
Daw Suu is not only pushing humanity towards interfaith antagonism but also reducing the possibilities of peace, tolerance and mutual coexistence amongst the country’s different societies, ethnic and religious groups and her behaviour does not reflect the position of the majority people as history testifies that Burma’s Buddhists and Muslims lived hand in hand, peacefully, for centuries, said Ahmed Jarmal, General Secretary, BROUK.
Rohingya groups urge to build the establishment of UN Commission of Inquiry in General Assembly resolutions on Burma, which currently drafting, for crimes against Rohingya and other Muslims in Burma which could establish the truth and make recommendations for action in the interest of international peace and security, Ahmed said.
The Rohingya activists and groups invite the attention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all Burmese leaders to the positive and constructive aspects of Islam, its peaceful teachings and philanthropic philosophy and orientation.