LONDON: Pakistani human right activist Malala Yousafzai on Monday expressed solidarity with Rohingya Muslims.
She stated that, “I will stand with the Muslims of Burma in ever crucial juncture and I encourage other also to do so,”
She requested the leadership of Burma to stop the killing of Rohingya people.
“The Rohingyas deserve citizenship in the country where they were born and have lived for generations. They deserve equal rights and opportunities. They deserve to be treated like we all deserve to be treated – with dignity and respect”.
Southeast Asia´s migrant crisis unfurled at the start of May, leaving thousands from Bangladesh and Myanmar's Rohingya minority trapped at sea.
Since then, around 4,500 of them have returned to shore, but the UN estimates around 2,000 others are still on the water.
Nearly 1,000 have been taken to Myanmar´s western Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh, after being found by Myanmar´s navy in two boats in the Bay of Bengal.
Neither nation initially showed a willingness to accept them and rights groups are concerned some could be pushed to the wrong side of the border.