Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that violence in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslims marked the “death of the Nobel Peace Prize,” a statement said.
Khamenei calls the Myanmar State Councilor, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, a “cruel woman”, as crimes against the Rohingya Muslims are taking place under the eyes, Tehran daily reported.
Suu Kyi, who has been well received by the world community to be with Myanmar’s army has almost taken no action to end lethal violence against the Rohingya. It has been heavily criticized around the world for its inaction.
Khamenei also strongly criticized the silence and inaction of organizations and defenders of the self-proclaimed man of atrocities in progress in Myanmar international.
He said the crisis in Myanmar is a political issue and should not be reduced to a religious conflict between Muslims and Buddhists.
“This is a political issue, because the party that led to the atrocities of the Myanmar government, on top of a woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize. And with these incidents, the death of the Nobel Peace Prize been written, “he said.
The United Nations says that 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fled predominantly Buddhist Myanmar since the army launched a massive security operation in response to militant attacks late last month.
Myanmar’s army says it is fighting against Rohingyas militants and refuses to attack civilians. But many who fled said that soldiers responded to the attacks of militant Rohingya people with the brutal campaign of violence and burning to expel.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein described the operation on Monday as an “example of an ethnic cleansing handbook.”
Khamenei urged Muslim countries to take concrete steps to end violence against the Rohingyas in Myanmar. “Of course, practical measures do not mean military deployments.
Rather, they (the Islamic states) should increase their political, economic and trade pressures on the government of Myanmar and claim against them in international organizations, “he said.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is expected to meet to discuss the crisis in Myanmar, he said.