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Dalai Lama Calls on Nobel Laureate to Act ; Aung San Suu Kyi Scolded for Her Silence on Muslim Minority's Plight

Newspaper article International New York Times

Dalai Lama Calls on Nobel Laureate to Act ; Aung San Suu Kyi Scolded for Her Silence on Muslim Minority's Plight

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The Dalai Lama criticized the leader of Myanmar's democracy movement for not addressing the country's harsh treatment of its Rohingya minority.

When they embraced democracy and vowed to leave behind their repressive and dictatorial past, the leaders of Myanmar enjoyed a honeymoon of praise and admiration from luminaries across the globe.

But the country's harsh treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, setting off an exodus of people by boat across Southeast Asia, has unleashed a barrage of criticism in recent days aimed not only at the country's former generals but also at the leader of Myanmar's democracy movement, the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader and a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, was quoted on Thursday in an Australian newspaper as saying that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi should be helping to address the plight of the Rohingya, who number more than a million but are not recognized as citizens of Myanmar, are restricted in their travels, and suffer persecution and deprivation.

"I met her two times, first in London and then the Czech Republic," the Dalai Lama told The Australian. "I mentioned about 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," he added.

The Rohingya are widely reviled in Myanmar, which is overwhelmingly Buddhist and has an influential radical Buddhist political movement. Speaking out for the Rohingya is seen as a form of political kryptonite for any Buddhist politician like Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has offered various explanations in recent years for her reluctance to speak out for the Rohingya, saying at one point that a public airing of her views could further stoke the fires of radical Buddhists, who have ransacked Rohingya villages, displacing more than 100,000 Rohingya. …

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