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Malala Yousafzai called on a fellow laureate to condemn the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya


Pakistani rights advocate Malala Yousafzai condemned the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Monday and called on her fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same.

"Over the last few years I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment," she wrote. "I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting."

Yousafzai also said the Rohingya population should be given citizenship in the majority-Buddhist country.

"Other countries, including my own country Pakistan, should follow Bangladesh's example and give food, shelter and access to education to Rohingya families fleeing violence and terror," she added.

According to UN estimates, some 87,000 Rohingya Muslims have already crossed the border into Bangladesh, fleeing violence that erupted in western Myanmar on Aug. 25.

Refugees flee violence in Myanmar

The UN's special rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, told the BBC the situation is "really grave" and called on Suu Kyi to "step in."

Likewise, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Myanmar's de-facto leader to "use all her remarkable qualities to unite her country, to stop the violence and to end the prejudice that afflicts both Muslims and other communities in Rakhine."


Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her pro-democracy activism, has remained mostly silent in regards to the current situation in Myanmar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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