Former Canadian religious envoy condemns Suu Kyi’s silence on fleeing Muslims

By Mike Blanchfield | The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Canada’s former religious freedom ambassador says Myanmar’s Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the once celebrated Nobel laureate, has squandered her status by not standing up for persecuted Muslims in her country.

Suu Kyi is facing calls for her Nobel Peace Prize to be taken away for not speaking out on behalf of the 125,000 ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims that have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine province to neighbouring Bangladesh.

“She had tremendous public backing for her leadership and her role in the country, significant international backing and she is squandering that by not taking a strong enough position in defence of her own citizens,” Andrew Bennett, now a senior fellow at Washington’s Georgetown University, said in an interview Wednesday.