Crisis

Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to “do more” for Rohingya boat migrants

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

The Dalai Lama has told an Australian newspaper that he hopes Aung San Suu Kyi, as a Nobel laureate and one of the nation’s top pro-democracy opposition leaders, can do more for Burma’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya. Even though she is the leader of Burma’s opposition party and an example of moral courage to many across the world, Suu Kyi has not yet commented on the ongoing crisis in her country in which thousands of Rohingya are fleeing overseas to escape poverty and discrimination from the Buddhist majority. The Dalai Lama said he has already urged her twice in person since 2012, telling her do more on their behalf, and that she had told him that “things were not simple but very complicated.” Thousands of Rohingya have been rescued on the shores of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia in recent weeks, with many more still trapped on boats. “There’s something wrong with humanity’s way of thinking. Ultimately we are lacking concern for others’ lives, others’ well-being,” the Dalai Lama said.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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