‘Suu Kyi’s choice is clear; resign or be held accountable’
The three female Nobel Peace laureates--Tawakkol Karman, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire – today called upon Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for an immediate end to the "genocide" of the Rohingya people.
"If she fails to do so, her choice is clear; resign or be held accountable, along with the army commanders for the crimes committed," said Tawakkol Karman.
Karman said this when the three Nobel laureates was addressing a press conference at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka following the conclusion of their visit to Bangladesh on the six-month anniversary of the current Rohingya crisis that forced millions to flee into Bangladesh from Rakhine state of Myanmar.
"She (Suu Kyi) must stop turning a deaf ear to the persecution of the Rohingya or risk being complicit in the crimes," Karman said.
All of them mother themselves, the three Nobel laureates then urged Suu Kyi to speak out about violence against the Rohingyas, often dubbed one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
The laureates are calling on Suu Kyi and the Myanmar military to put an end to the killings and the persecution of the Rohingya people.
As the trio committed to peace, the laureates are urging Aung San Suu Kyi to exercise her personal and moral responsibility to stop the "genocide".
The Nobel laureates came to Bangladesh on Saturday and began a visit to the Rohingya camps to assess the allegations of violence against Rohingya women and the overall refugee situation.
The Nobel Women's Initiative, a platform of six female peace laureates established in 2006, is organising the visit in partnership with Naripokkho. On Sunday, they visited the refugee camps in Kutupalang and Balukhali.