Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, urged Myanmar’s leader, a fellow Nobel laureate, to condemn the violence against the Rohingya minority. “Over the last several years I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting.” Myanmar denies citizenship to Rohingya, who have lived in the country for generations, and the group has frequently faced hostility and violence from the Buddhist majority. Rohingya have faced discrimination for decades — denied citizenship, stripped of their lands, and attacked by the military. Hundreds of protesters in Indonesia rallied for the third straight day Monday as Muslim nations across Asia voiced growing concern over Myanmar’s brutal military crackdown against its Rohingya Muslim.
Members of persecuted Rohingya minority
Condemnations of Myanmar and Suu Kyi poured in over the weekend from several Muslim-majority countries in Asia. Even the Afghan Taliban, who are widely blamed for killing civilians, including children, in their insurgent campaign against the U.S.-backed Afghan government, condemned what it called Myanmar’s campaign of “ethnic cleansing” during Eid-al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals on the Islamic calendar. UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee, has said that the number of people killed in the violence since August 25 in Myanmar has crossed 1,000.