Group stages demonstration in Ghana to protest Rohingya crisis
- Author: Leroy Wright Sep 19, 2017,
Sep 19, 2017, 9:23
The author of "Lajja" took to her Twitter handle to slam the vote-bank politics played over humanity.
"I think that's an honour that she doesn't need to carry for [turning] a blind eye [to] what's happening", Salim said. The event was organized by former Concordia student Majed Jam, who said his primary goals were to inspire action and raise awareness about the plight of the Rohingya.
Communal violence has torn through Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25, leaving hundreds dead and forcing Rohingyas - counted among the world's most persecuted community - to flee the country, reports The Hindustan Times.
This was followed by retaliatory attacks by the Myanmar military which killed several Rohingya Muslims, torched their homes and left about 410,000 people fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been heavily criticised for her near silence as 400,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh amid violence. The Rohingyas who are mainly Muslims speak a dialect of the Bengali language. The army say they killed more than 400 "insurgents" after 12 security personnel were killed in the militants' attack.
They also called on the Muslim world to do more and help stop the "unfavourable" and "inhumane" treatment of the Rohingya community in the Southeast Asian country.
A group of United Kingdom global aid charities have issued a statement on the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar/Burma.
The political controversy: Aung San Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned for almost two decades after calling for democracy and human rights under the country's oppressive military junta, has refused to speak out against the violence as Myanmar's de-facto leader.
It has denied the military involvement in killing innocents, claiming that Rohingyas had torched their own villages. "Further we call on the United Kingdom and other donors to urgently make funds available to respond to the needs of those who have been displaced, in particular the estimated four hundred thousand people who have crossed into Bangladesh".
Her foreign supporters and Western governments that backed her campaign against military rule will be hoping to see her make a new commitment to protect the rights of the Muslim minority.