Burma Times Desk Report: May 27, 2015
Prominent social rights activist and former archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed Rohingya Muslims and activists in the Oslo Conference to End Myanmar’s Systematic Persecution.
Tutu said that the country’s reform process does not blind the world from the systematic persecution of ethnic minorities especially the Rohingya Muslim community.
He then went on to describe history mentioning how the country’s early governments had recognised the Rohingyas as an ethnic identity. But then, gradually the military government first used the Rohingyas to divide and rule and gradually deleted their identity from the country.
Tutu also said that corporations and countries that seek to make profits from Myanmar in this new era, should be scrutinised to ensure that moral obligations are not sacrificed for money. He warned listeners that amidst excitement for the country’s reforms, the focus on plight of the Rohingyas might be lost.