Amid the ongoing state-sponsored ethnic violence against Roginhya Muslims in Myanmar, an online petition to the Norwegian Nobel Committee has been started demanding to strip Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her Nobel Peace Prize for her silence and complicity on the genocide.
Started by an activist Ika Ferrer G. from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the petition on a US based powerful online activist network Avaaz.org is fast getting signatures from all across the globe.
“Aung San Suu Kyi is an apologist for genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass rape. For the past year, Aung San Suu Kyi has been State Counselor, or de facto head of government, in Myanmar, where members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the northern Rakhine state have been shot, stabbed, starved, robbed, raped and driven from their homes in the hundreds of thousands.” But Suu Kyi “has opted to borrow from the Donald Trump playbook of denial and deflection” the petition reads.
In February, a report by the United Nations documented how the Burmese army’s attacks on the Rohingya were “widespread as well as systematic” thus “indicating the very likely commission of crimes against humanity.” However, her office accused Rohingya women of fabricating stories of sexual violence and put the words “fake rape” — in the form of a banner headline, no less — on its official website. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry — also controlled directly by Aung San Suu Kyi — dismissed “made‐up stories, blown out of proportion,” the petition adds.
The petition, which will be delivered to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, also points out that that several Nobel laureates had earlier signed a statement warning of ethnic cleansing and crime against humanity in Rakhine, who also called upon Suu Kyi to wake up to the situation.
Similar petitions have also started in other platforms like Change.org.
Created by Emerson Yuntho from Jakarta, the petition which has already got over 336,558 signatures, says: “ Until this second, the de facto ruler of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has done virtually nothing to stop this crime against humanity in her country.”
“Suu Kyi as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate appears to be deaf and have done nothing to protect her citizens,” it adds.
Several world leaders and activists have also criticised Suu Kyi over the violence.
Violent attacks by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingya Muslim tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh. Many of them, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.
Rohingya’s are an ethnic Muslim group who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in the Southeast Asian country. The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct to others spoken in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar. They are not considered one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless.