A Member of Ghana’s parliament Ras Mubarak has called on the Nobel Committee to strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of the Peace Prize conferred on her in 1991. Ras Mubarak says Suu Kyi is complicit it the reported campaign of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with GHnewsnow from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Mr. Mubarak said he is outraged and surprised that a figure like Aung San Suu Kyi who benefited from a lot of global goodwill will keep silent while the army systematically tries to wipe out the Rohingya people.
“To imagine that a Nobel Peace Prize holder in the person of Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Myanmar and who has not uttered a word in condemnation of what the army and a section of the civilian population are doing against this ethnic minority in their country clearly should be something we all ought to be outraged about” he said.
Reports indicate that the minority Rohingya Muslims are attacked by the army in a campaign to either wipe them out or push them out of Myanmar. Stories of children being beheaded and whole families being burned alive in bamboo huts have hit the press but authorities say the army is fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists”, something Mr. Mubarak says is “utter nonsense”.
Fresh atrocities broke out after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked a dozen police stations and an army barracks.
Under a power sharing agreement which ended Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest, the army still call a lot of the shots in Myanmar but Ras Mubarak says even if she is not responsible for the atrocities, her silence on the matter is indefensible.
Meanwhile, a former member of the Nobel Committee, Gunnar Stalsett has rejected the idea of stripping Suu Kyi of the prize.
“When the decision has been made and the award has been given, that ends the responsibility of the committee” he said.
“The decision is not a declaration of a saint,” he told reporters.