World Bulletin / News Desk
The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Burma’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority in a worsening migration crisis.
Despite the fact that thousands of Rohingya have fled on harrowing boat journeys to south-east Asia risking their lives to escape poverty and discriminatory treatment by the country’s Buddhist majority, opposition leader Suu Kyi has maintained her silence.
Political observers have said that this is her fear of alienating voters ahead of elections expected in November.
Burma’s opposition leader appears to be cowed by her need to dampen ethnic tensions and win votes from an electorate in the thrall of Islamophobia.
The spiritual leader said Suu Kyi must speak up, adding that he had already appealed twice to her in person since 2012, when deadly sectarian violence in Burma’s Rakhine state pitted the Rohingya against local Buddhists.
“It’s very sad. In the Burmese case I hope Aung San Suu Kyi, as a Nobel laureate, can do something,” he told The Australian’s Thursday paper in an interview before a visit to Australia next week.
“I met her two times, first in London and then the Czech Republic. I mentioned this problem and she told me she found some difficulties, that things were not simple but very complicated.
“But in spite of that I feel she can do something.”
The crisis has highlighed the desperate and impoverished conditions as well as the discrimination faced by more than one million Rohingya in western Burma.
The Dalai Lama said it was not enough to ask how to help the Rohingya.
“This is not sufficient,” he said. “There’s something wrong with humanity’s way of thinking. Ultimately we are lacking concern for others’ lives, others’ wellbeing.”
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