The Dalai Lama- Help the Rohingya


The most famous refugee in the world speaks:

The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a main opposition leader in Myanmar, to do more to help protect the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority in her country amid a worsening migration crisis.

Despite thousands of Rohingya fleeing on harrowing boat journeys to Southeast Asia to escape a wave of deadly attacks and discriminatory treatment by the country’s Buddhist majority, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has yet to speak out against their plight.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said on Thursday she must voice her opposition to the persecution, adding that he had already appealed twice to her in person since 2012, when deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state pitted the Rohingya against local Buddhists, to do more on their behalf.

Myanmar elections are this November, and Aung San Suu Kyi is clearly trying to not alienate voters in her bid to lead the country. The problem is, in the meanwhile, this is happening. There are few things greater than electoral power, and being able to formally lead a country and make a difference. One of those few things is being remembered in history as a person who stood up for the rights of people who aren’t politically convenient for you. A moral failure is happening here, and I hope Aung San Suu Kyi will address it.


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