Mr. Nurul Islam President of ARNO
October 24, 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi is lauded as an international champion of human rights, welcomed at the home of the British Prime minister but for Rohinghya campaigners, her attention to abuses being suffered closer to home has been absent. They say it’s not too late for the country’s most prominent opposition leader to speak up on their behalf.
Myanmar’s military junta is desperately trying to be reintegrated in the international community. Activists say the visit of prominent opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to London could be critical in helping to raise the issue of the human rights abuses being suffered by the Rohingya people. Whether she chooses to do so is another matter entirely.
The UN refers it to ‘as one of the most persecuted groups in the world and the hope is global attention will bring a halt to the rights abuses being suffered where scores have been killed and injured with thousands displaced.
Over 1.5 million Rohingyas live outside Myanmar having escaped a country that does not even accept them as legitimate citizens. Now, rights groups say figures like Aung San Suu Kyi have a moral obligation to press the issue with the international community to help the remaining Rohingya Muslims inside Myanmar before more blood is spilt.