For the first time since the Rohingya crisis, the Dalai Lama has publicly voiced out his concern, saying that real Buddhas would help the ethnic minority to flee from the ongoing violence in the Buddhist majority Myanmar.
In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have set foot in Bangladesh due to the violence sparked in the country.
For many years, the stateless Muslim minority have faced countless torture, discrimination and persecution.
According to Straits Times reports, the Dalai Lama, who is also the top Buddhist leader, is the latest Nobel Peace laureate to speak openly against the violence.
The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar said that the violence may have cost the lives of more than 1,000 people, which most of them are the Rohingyas.
“Those people who are sort of harassing some Muslims, they should remember Buddha. He would definitely give help to those poor Muslims. So still I feel that. Very sad,” said the Dalai Lama.
The Rohingyans are not given basic rights including citizenship, food and shelter, and have been labelled as illegal “Bengali” immigrants by Bhuddist extremists groups.
Meanwhile, the Buddhist Nationalist led by firebrand monks, have been running a long Islamophobic campaign as an effort to ‘kick’ the minority out of the country.
Following the violence, Myanmar’s de facto civillian leader and Nobel Peace Award recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi has received heavy criticisms by the international community for ‘staying quiet’ and not taking any action to prevent the killings of Rohingya Muslims.
“If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep,” said Archbishop Tutu, who became the moral voice of South Africa for her efforts in dismantling apartheid there.