Nobel peace laureates have joined in the global outcry against Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the widespread rights violations under her rule.
A group of 23 human rights activists, including Nobel laureates and current and former business and political leaders, say Suu Kyi, who is herself a Nobel peace laureate, has failed to ensure human rights for the minority Rohingya Muslims facing persecution in the Buddhist-dominant country.
The group made the comments in an open letter on Thursday to the United Nations Security Council.
In the letter, the activists slammed Myanmar for its military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims that has led to the deaths of hundreds of members of the minority group, the burning of their homes, the rape of their women, as well as arbitrary detentions and forced displacements of tens of thousands of people.
The military was launched after a deadly attack on the country’s border guards by unknown elements on October 9. The government blamed Rohingyas for the incident.
Since then, there have been numerous confirmed accounts of summary executions, rapes and arson attacks against Muslims in Rakhine.
The military has blocked access to the region and banned journalists and aid workers from entering the zone.
The global community has warned Myanmar that the ongoing human rights violations in Rakhine could amount to “crimes against humanity.”