Rohingya advocacy groups protested in front of the Swedish Parliament House in Stockholm yesterday as Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi addressed its members inside. The protesters called on the Swedish government to pressure Suu Kyi to guarantee the protection of Myanmar’s Rohingya community.
“The Swedish government has donated $30 million to the Myanmar government to ensure the [protection of] human rights for all the ethnic minorities and other peace processes for the people of Myanmar, particularly the ethnic Rohingya,” said Swedish Rohingya Association chairman Abul Kalam at the protest. “But the Rohingya are still being deprived of their rights in Myanmar and are even being killed and forced out from the country every day.”
“Stop your donation to Myanmar or put pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi to give full human rights to the Rohingya” he said, addressing the Swedish government.
The protest was organized by the Swedish Rohingya Association and the European Rohingya Council. It was also attended by members of other Muslim communities in Sweden, as well as many non-Muslims. Arakan Times reported that hundreds of people participated in the protest.
The demonstrators also called for the establishment of an international mechanism to protect the lives and property of Myanmar’s Rohingya and to penalize the Myanmar government and anti-Rohingya groups in Rakhine State.
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Sweden on Sunday and met with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and other Swedish ministers on Monday.
On Tuesday, she gave a speech to the Swedish parliament at the invitation of Speaker of Riksdag Speaker Urban Ahlin.