Muhammad Yunus speaks in an interview with Al Jazeera. Photo: Al Jazeera
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Nobel Peace laureate and economist Muhammad Yunus placed the blame on de facto leader and fellow Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in what the United Nations has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar’s Rakhine.
In recent weeks more than half a million majority-Muslim Rohingya have fled Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh.
Myanmar’s security forces and Buddhist vigilantes have been accused of mass rape, murder and the burning of entire villages.
“I’ll put 100 percent of the blame on her because she is the leader,” Yunus told Al Jazeera.
When asked if Myanmar’s military is actually wielding the power and rendering her essentially powerless, Yunus replied, “Well, then she should resign.”
Yunus also told the Middle East-based TV channel that by staying on in government Aung San Suu Kyi is “absolutely” giving her blessing to the military and its actions in Myanmar.
“Not only that, verbally she’s defending it,” he added. “She says, ‘I don’t know why these people are going. No, we don’t have atrocities. No, it is Arakanese who are attacking us.’ All kinds of things … She gets all the blame and she’s responsible for it, and she has to fix it.”