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Myanmar’s Catholic leader criticizes political leadership for silence over Rohingya killings


Myanmar’s top Catholic leader criticizes country’s political leadership for not speaking up against the violence being committed against the Rohingya Muslims. In the thick of the humanitarian crisis prevalent in Myanmar, Church leader says Aung San Suu Kyi “should have spoken out.”

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Speaking in this regard, Archbishop of Yangon, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, expressed disapproval over the fact that while the Rohingya Muslims continued to suffer country’s leadership remained silent. He said that there is no immediate fix to this crisis, as people in Rakhine have been facing mistreatment and human rights abuses.

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In an email to TIME he wrote: “The world looks at Aung San Suu Kyi with the same lens with which it looked at her during her struggle for democracy. Now she is part of the government, she is a political leader. Surely she should have spoken out.”

In a period of past three weeks’ time in excess of 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have escaped from Rakhine State. These refugees have poured into Bangladesh, as United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees states. Recent conflict began on August 25 after Myanmar’s army launched an offensive in Rakhine State.

The situation was termed as ethnic cleansing by the United Nations’ Human Rights chief. Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Myanmar’s leader came under fire for not speaking up against the atrocities being committed in Rakhine. Aung San Suu Kyi, has not condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims yet.

Aung Suu Kyi has blamed the current crisis as misinformation campaign based upon fake news. Bishop Charles Maung Bo says that Aung San Suu Kyi’s is not enjoying stronger position than the military, even though she got elected in 2015, military is still in control of key ministries. “Aung San Suu Kyi is walking a tight rope walk. Already dark forces are clamoring for return to army rule.”