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    Dalai Lama Weighs In on Myanmar anti-Muslim Violence

    Peace Prize laureates the Dalai Lama and Aung San Suu Kyi pictured during their
    meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on September 15, 2013. (PHOTO: Jeremy
    Russell/ OHHDL)
    By Naharnet Newsdesk
    September 17, 2013
    The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged Myanmar monks to act according to their
    Buddhist principles, in a plea to end the deadly violence against the country’s
    Muslim minority.
    “Those Burmese monks please, when they develop some kind of anger
    towards Muslim brothers and sisters, please, remember the Buddhist faith,”
    the Buddhist leader told reporters at an annual human rights conference in the
    Czech capital Prague.
    “I am sure (…) that would protect those Muslim brothers and
    sisters who are becoming victims,” Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said.
    Sectarian clashes in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine last year left
    around 200 people dead — mostly Rohingya Muslims who are denied citizenship —
    and 140,000 others homeless.
    Having earned scorn for her failure to clearly condemn the violence,
    Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s pro-democracy icon turned opposition leader,
    said last week she alone could not stop it.
    Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest under military rule in
    Myanmar before she was freed after controversial elections in 2010, said the
    solution was to install the rule of law.
    “It’s not something that I could learn to do, but I think what this
    whole society has to strive to do,” she told reporters in Warsaw before
    heading to the Prague conference via Budapest.
    “We need rule of law in order that our people may feel secure and
    only secure people can talk to one another and try to establish the kind of
    relationship that will assure harmony for the future of our nation.”
    The Dalai Lama, 78, who fled his homeland for India in 1959 after a
    failed uprising against Chinese rule, also said there was “too much
    emphasis on ‘we’ and ‘they'” in the world, and that “this century should
    be a century of dialogue, not wars”.
    He and the 68-year-old Suu Kyi, both Nobel Peace laureates, met
    privately on the fringes of the Prague conference on Sunday.