Burma Times: 21 January 2015
The European Rohingya Council (ERC) is concerned by the uncivilized manner in which U Wirathu and his supporters have treated the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee during her visit to our country. We request the international community, especially the United Nations to pressurize the government of Myanmar to take immediate actions against Wirathu for disrespecting a respectable UN envoy.
We are also deeply disappointed by the hate message propagated by Wirathu and his followers as they demonstrated with full government support against the UN envoy during her visit. These are the people responsible for the massacres of countless Muslim men, women and children in our country and the government is giving them full support.
We deeply appreciate the efforts to Ms Lee to counter these messages of hatred with messages of hope for the persecuted minorities of Myanmar.
We understand that in most societies, the words of a foul mouthed religious cleric might not have any serious repercussions. Unfortunately in this country, Wirathu is prominent because he has a strong following and his influence is increasing day by day.
The tirade of Wirathu against a respected lady exposes the character of these so called monks who have embarked on a mission to cleanse the country of its Muslim population. The ERC would request the international community to take note that these people who openly insult an UN envoy are fully backed by the government.
Khairul Amin (Chairman)