Myanmar: Leaders Could Face ICC over Rohingya Deaths

Myanmar: Leaders Could Face ICC over Rohingya Deaths

Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her long struggle against military rule, has come under increasing worldwide criticism for the plight of the Rohingya.

In an open letter to Ms Suu Kyi, Desmond Tutu writes of his "profound sadness at the plight of the Muslim minority" in Myanmar.

"For years I had a photograph of you on my desk to remind me of the injustice and sacrifice you endured out of your love and commitment for Myanmar's people".

Warning about the risk of ethnic cleansing and destabilization of the region, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appealed to Myanmar's authorities to put an end to violence perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine.

'But what some have called "ethnic cleansing" and others "a slow genocide" has persisted - and recently accelerated.

But Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar said Suu Kyi is a politician after all and everyone forgets expecting a high moral voice from her.

Aid workers said that around 100,000 Muslim Rohingyas - 70,000 in recent days - have fled their homes, seeking sanctuary in neighboring Bangladesh amid claims that the Myanmar military was torching villages and indiscriminately killing men of a fighting age. Thousands have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh within a week.

"The numbers are so alarming".

But given that Myanmar's political leader is an honorary Canadian citizen, as a country we have an added responsibility.

All three attendees, including American Peace Prize victor Jody Williams, who worked with the Canadian government to ban landmines, added their voices Friday to the global condemnation of Suu Kyi.

'Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment.

In an open letter, he told his fellow Nobel Peace Prize victor that it is "incongruous for a symbol of righteousness" to lead a country where violence against the Rohingya is being carried out.

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The institute said neither the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel nor the Nobel Foundation's rules provide for the possibility of withdrawing the honour from laureates.

But the brutal fact is that today, the world is talking about genocide and a Nobel Peace Prize victor in same breath.

It was fairly predictable that the Norwegian committee would swiftly reject the appeal as the prize, once awarded, "cannot be turned down".

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday that her government was doing its best to protect everyone in Rakhine.

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Suu Kyi told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Tuesday that her government is defending "all the people" in western Rakhine state, according to a government statement.

She has described the situation in Rhine state as "one of the biggest challenges that we've had to face" but said it "a little unreasonable to expect us to resolve everything in 18 months". "The situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades", she said.

Khin, who campaigned for her release back then, is bitterly disappointed.

The latest estimate, according to the United Nations aid workers on the ground, suggests a total of almost 150,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh's southern district of Cox's Bazar since a year ago alone.

"As we witness the unfolding horror we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again", he said.

Robert Bank, CEO of the American World Jewish Service, called on the government to end the systemic violence against the Rohingya people, send humanitarian aid, and do all it can to ensure that human rights fact-finding groups - including the United Nations - be allowed to enter Myanmar to investigate the situation.