NEW YORK (AFP) – U2 frontman Bono, a number one campaigner for Myanmar’s chief Aung San Suu Kyi when she was below home arrest, has referred to as on her to resign over the lethal marketing campaign towards Rohingya Muslims.
The singer – who championed Suu Kyi within the 2000 U2 music Walk On, with followers inspired to put on masks of the then opposition chief when the band performed it dwell – mentioned he felt “nauseated” by photos of the bloodshed and refugee disaster.
“I have genuinely felt ill, because I can’t quite believe what the evidence all points to. But there is ethnic cleansing,” he advised Rolling Stone journal in its newest challenge.
“It really is happening, and she has to step down because she knows it’s happening,” Bono mentioned.
Pressed on his remarks within the interview performed by Rolling Stone’s founder, Jann Wenner, Bono mentioned: “She should, at the very least, be speaking out more. And if people don’t listen, then resign.”
The United Nations and the United States have additionally described Myanmar’s marketing campaign towards the stateless, largely Muslim Rohingya individuals as ethnic cleaning.
Doctors Without Borders mentioned that no less than 6,700 Rohingya have been killed within the first month of sweeps on villages launched in response to insurgent assaults. Another 655,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.
Suu Kyi, the winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, loved large help from celebrities as she spent most of twenty years below home arrest on orders of Myanmar’s navy junta.
Myanmar’s transition to democracy and Suu Kyi’s elevation final 12 months to de facto chief initially delighted human rights teams, however they have since been outraged by her reticence in addressing the anti-Rohingya marketing campaign.
Some consultants consider Suu Kyi has made a calculated determination to not take the political dangers of talking out because the Rohingya are broadly despised in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, and in any case she doesn’t management the navy.
Bono mentioned of Suu Kyi’s attainable reasoning: “Maybe it’s that she doesn’t want to lose the country back to the military. But she already has, if the pictures are what we go by, anyway.”
Earlier this month, Bono’s hometown of Dublin revoked a metropolis award given to Suu Kyi to protest her dealing with of the violence.