JNN 04 Nov 2012 Yangoon : Myanmar’s US Backed Democratic Noble Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi says she will not back the minority of Rohingya Muslims that have been persecuted and killed by the majority Buddhists.
“I am urging tolerance but I do not think one should use one’s moral leadership, if you want to call it that, to promote a particular cause without really looking at the sources of the problems,” Suu Kyi told the BBC on Saturday.
More than 100,000 people have been displaced since June in two major outbreaks of violence in the state, where renewed clashes last month uprooted about 30,000 people.
This is the first time that the opposition leader has announced her stance about the months-long violence in her country officially.
Speaking in the capital Naypyidaw after talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, who has said the EU is “deeply concerned” about the violence and its consequences for Myanmar’s reforms, Suu Kyi said she could not speak out in favour of the stateless Rohingya.
Since the onset of the deadly violence against Rohingyas in the western Rakhine state in June, Suu Kyi has been the target of harsh swipe from international human rights activist for failing to speak against the killings and persecution of Muslims in Myanmar.
“If people are killing one another and setting fire to one another’s houses, how are we going to come to any kind of reasonable settlement?” she said.
The remarks by the democracy champion come as all major news outlets are providing compelling evidence about the persecution of Rohingyas at the hands of Buddhists and Myanmar’s security forces.
The Myanmar government and its majority population refuse to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens and label the minority of about 800,000 as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, an impoverished state that has shown no willingness to help the Rohingyas.
More than 100,000 Rohingyas have been displaced since the violence broke out in June, according to the UN. However, the humanitarian situation is continuity to deteriorate.
“The situation is dire. The UN is doing its best, but it is trying to find more funding to help them,” said Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, an NGO working with the Rohingya.
Myanmar’s 800,000 Rohingya are seen by the government and many in the country as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. They face severe discrimination that activists say has led to a deepening alienation.
The Rohingya, who make up the vast majority of those displaced in the fighting, are described by the UN as among the world’s most persecuted minorities.
The US Backed Democracy around the World it may be In Bahrain , Syria or in Myanmar (Burma ) Does not address the genuine problems of the Masses , rather they are Backed Just to implant their own stooges , in the name of Democracy ,who can serve their interest in that region or area.
As this is can be checked in the genuine Problems of the People in Bahrain,Saudi Arabia, Syria, and especially in Myanmar where people are being Killed and persecuted and where US has a lot of influence but still , there is no action against the persecutors , while on the other hand there regimes are legitimized , and supported by the US and the Western Powers , Just for their Interest, and nothing in the name of Democracy or Neither the Human Rights are being safe guarded , Just their Own Interest is being safe guarded In Whether in the Name of Democracy in some Places , while at the same time Monarchies are being safe Gaurded , as in the cases of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia , where there is a lot of Need of Demorcratic reforms and at the same time there is a gross violation of Human Rights , but as these Monarchies are safe guarding the US and Western Interests so they are supported on all the levels.
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