Burmese Buddhists pen open letter calling for Rohingya peace
A GROUP of 72 people raised Buddhist in Burma (Myanmar) have released an open letter denouncing violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslims, a rare expression of dissent amidst what has been deemed by the UN as ethnic cleansing. Organised by Burmese non-profit Saddha: Buddhists for Peace, the open letter was signed by many raised Buddhist who are now living abroad including some in self-imposed exile. It argues that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has become “complicit” in discrimination, hatred and violence perpetrated by Burma’s Buddhist majority against minorities, including Muslims. “Ultranationalist monks routinely harass interfaith activists and journalists, and rally against the Rohingya and other Burmese Muslims in the country,” read the open letter, prominent signatories to which included Zar Chi Oo, an adviser to Free Expression Myanmar; Geoffrey Aung, a PhD candidate in anthropology at Columbia University; filmmaker and Fulbright scholar Eaint Thiri Thu; and...
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