380k sign pro-Rohingya petition to strip Suu Kyi of Nobel prize

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Critics Circle Aung San Suu Kyi Over Rohingya Crisis

U.S. and United Kingdom officials have expressed concerns about the deadly violence against the Rohingya but refused to address calls for global sanctions against Myanmar, and also avoided to blame Myanmar's de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi over her complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

In Afghanistan's western Herat province, protesters demanded an end to violence against the Rohingya, and in Islamabad, demonstrators stomped on pictures of Myanmar's state leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

More than 160,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Burma, also known as Myanmar, into neighbouring Bangladesh since an army crackdown was launched on militants from the minority group on 25 August.

Speaking to Fairfax Media from Dhaka, Professor Yunus urged his fellow laureate to start responding like the bold leader the world had once applauded, as opposed to the politician surrounded by advisors that she had become.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Civil Society Alliance (PCSA) has strongly condemned the brutal genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at a protest outside the National Press Club on Thursday.

Rohingya have described large-scale violence perpetrated by Myanmar troops and Buddhist mobs - setting fire to their homes, spraying bullets indiscriminately and ordering them to leave or be killed.

Others who have bravely spoken out in support of the Rohingya include UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

"Our government has never missed an opportunity to raise our concerns with the Burmese government, whether with the president, with Aung San Suu Kyi, or with the commander and chief", Alghabra said in May.

Suu Kyi was awarded the prize in 1991, while under house arrest at the hands of Myanmar's military junta, wherefrom she was released in 2010.

The claim of "discrimination" against Muslims listed in the BHRN report was nearly identical to what Muslim minorities are having to cope with in Western countries. But what some have called "ethnic cleansing" and others "a slow genocide" has persisted - and recently accelerated'.

Right: De facto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness again.

"A country that is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country". Her struggle for emancipating people who were deprived of their basic human rights gave us the hope to believe in her unconventional non-violent tactics.

She should learn more about the situation in Myanmar, and her criticism against Suu Kyi is inappropriate.

The Rohingya comprise some 1.1million people in Buddhist-majority Burma who have long complained of persecution.

But more than 386,000 have now signed an petition on the website Change.org calling for the award to be revoked. "You in India are well-versed with this, because India has a large Muslim community and in place like Kashmir, where you face terrorism, the trouble of sorting out the terrorists from the innocent citizen and all those who are not involved in the terrorist movement at all, comes up".

A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar's Rakhine state holds a baby as she sits in a makeshift shelter after arriving at the Kutupalong refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5.

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