While Myanmar’s Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has disappointed the world with her silence, it is commendable that there are other Nobel Prize winners standing up for the oppression of the Rohingya people.
The fleeing Rohingya represent one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent memory and the international community has for the longest time played dumb, falling back on diplomatic language or failing to mention the crisis at all.
However, Nobel Laureates Mairead Maguire of Ireland, Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, and Iranian Shirin Ebadi did not pull any punches, collectively asking for Suu Kyi’s resignation should the violence against the Rohingya continue.
It is heartening to see such prominent individuals finally take note of the suffering the Rohingya have endured, and continue to endure. Refusing to acknowledge their suffering is an insult to all they have been through.
We are glad to see that Maguire, Karman, and Ebadi have not minced their words, and have even floated the possibility Suu Kyi should face prosecution for her actions.
The words of these eminent people serve to bring to the forefront the Myanmar army’s actions and debunk the false narrative being spread by the Myanmar government -- a false narrative which, regrettably, Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been complicit in spreading.
By standing with the Rohingya, and condemning Myanmar’s actions, they have made it clear that there can be no two ways about it: Myanmar must change its way, and it must do so immediately.