By Tenzin Monlam
Dalai Lama with Suu Kyi in 2012/file
DHARAMSHALA, September 11: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed concerns over the Rohingya urging the Buddhists to remember the ‘Buddha’ before harassing the Rohingya people.
“Those people who are sort of harassing some Muslims, they should remember Buddha. He would definitely give help to those poor Muslims. So still I feel that, so very sad,” The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader has urged fellow Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in her country, which is dominantly a Buddhist state. “I appeal to you and your fellow leaders to reach out to all sections of society to try to restore friendly relations throughout the population in a spirit of peace and reconciliation,” the Dalai Lama said in his letter seen by AFP.
Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the latest round of violence began in August. Photo-Reuters
His Holiness, previously in 2015, had urged Kyi to do more to help and protest the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. The Dalai Lama told The Australian
, a News daily, in an interview that he had asked her on two separate occasions to help the minority.
Rohingya Muslims are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people stuck between Myanmar and Bangladesh as ‘stateless’. Myanmar considers them as Bangladeshi and Bangladesh see them as Burmese.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in support called it ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been under pressure due to lack of action to help the Rohingyas, and fellow Nobel Peace laureates have voiced their concerns over the issue.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in an open letter, urged her to guide her people ‘back towards the path of righteousness again’. “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep,” he wrote.
Around three hundred thousand Rohingya Muslims have reportedly escaped to Bangladesh in the past two weeks following the fight between Rohingya fighters and Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25.
According to Bangladesh's Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, the crisis has become ‘genocide’. The minister had said that over 3000 people might have been killed, which is three times what United Nation had previously estimated.