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ASEAN: Wake up to Rohingya

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 30 2016   /  09:12 am

Mass protests in Jakarta, Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur, held in solidarity with the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, have clamored for attention to be paid to the recent crackdown in the state of Rakhine. Myanmar’s leaders say the military is targeting suspected terrorists while activists claim horrific crimes such as the rape of women and girls and burning of homes have been committed — while independent verification of the claims has not been possible.

Given her perceived silence over the plight of the Rohingya, who continue to flee across land and sea borders to neighboring Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, protesters have called for the revoking of the Nobel peace prize for Myanmar’s leading figure Aung San Suu Kyi.

Indonesians would have liked to question the widely admired leader directly on her stance during her first state visit here, scheduled for early D...