美國大屠殺紀念館撤回昂山素季所獲的人權獎!

 美國大屠殺紀念館撤回昂山素季所獲的人權獎!

禪寶 (禪世界編輯)

2018.03.07


美國國家公共廣播電台報道,美國大屠殺紀念館撤回昂山素季所獲的人權獎。這一舉措是對緬甸國家領導人昂山素季及其政府持續性和系統性地對緬甸羅興亞族群進行種族清洗的反對和譴責。

由於一些國家的阻撓,國際社會對緬甸的人道主義災難管理不力,致使難民問題無法解決。對緬甸的綏靖行為,同時鼓勵了其他地區,包括斯里蘭卡發生了所謂佛教徒對少數穆斯林族裔的暴行(Sri Lanka Declares Emergency Amid Buddhist Attacks On Minority Muslims)

在南傳佛教極為發達的緬甸和斯里蘭卡發生這些駭人聽聞的事件,亟需廣大佛教領袖和佛教徒的反思。禪世界繼續呼籲全世界佛教徒行動起來,向昂山素季及其政府施加最大的壓力,並幫助那些受到迫害的少數族裔難民。


Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a national address in Naypyidaw on Sept. 19, 2017. In her speech, Suu Kyi said she felt deeply for the suffering of all people caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state, her first comments on a crisis that also mentioned Muslims displaced by violence.

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The list of honors and awards Nobel laureate and Myanmar state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has had revoked because of her handling of the plight of Rohingya Muslims in her country continues to grow.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., rescinded its prestigious Elie Wiesel Award from Suu Kyi for failing to speak out against ongoing persecution of the minority group.

In a letter to Suu Kyi revoking the prize, the museum said that as the Myanmar military’s violence against the Rohingya unfolded over the last two years they had hoped she would condemn those actions and express solidarity with the Rohingya.

But that’s not been the case, the letter says, as Suu Kyi has “refused to cooperate with United Nations investigators, promulgated hateful rhetoric against the Rohingya community, and denied access to and cracked down on journalists trying to uncover the scope of the crimes in Rakhine State.”

The letter urges Suu Kyi to take a stand:

“We understand the difficult situation you must face in confronting decades of military misrule and violence in your country and that institution’s still powerful constitutional role. However, the military’s orchestration of the crimes against Rohingya and the severity of the atrocities in recent months demand that you use your moral authority to address this situation. While Myanmar has taken important first steps on the road to democracy, any transition that does not protect the country’s most vulnerable communities will be deeply flawed.”

So the museum has rescinded her award, which was given to Suu Kyi in 2012 for her long struggle against Myanmar’s military dictatorship and advocacy for freedom and human rights in the country. The Elie Wiesel Award is named for the renown author, Holocaust survivor and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner. Wiesel, who died in 2016, was a founding chairman of the museum.

Since August, more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar following a brutal military campaign launched in response to an attack by Rohingya militants on Myanmar police. Before that, another wave of refugees began arriving in Oct. 2016.

While a United Nations special envoy found what they consider evidence of genocide and other countries, including the U.S., have accused the Myanmar military of ethnic cleansing, Suu Kyi remains relatively silent on the issue. This has resulted in a handful of awards being rescinded as well as public criticism from fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Frustration with her over the issue even caused former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson to quit a committee led by Suu Kyi that was meant to address issues in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

“She doesn’t want any dissent. She doesn’t want any advice or bad news and I think that’s what’s causing her enormous problems,” Richardson told NPR. “She blames everything on the United Nations, the international community, human rights groups, the media. Nothing is her fault or her government’s fault, and that’s become a real problem, in my view.”