Saturday 20 January 2018

Angelina Jolie calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to 'be the voice of human rights' for Rohingya Muslims in Burma

Director and actress Angelina Jolie arrives for the screening of
Director and actress Angelina Jolie arrives for the screening of "First They Killed My Father" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has condemned the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma and called on the country's government and its leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, to no longer remain silent.

Joliesaid: "It's absolutely clear that the violence by the army needs to stop and that the return of the refugees has to be permitted and that the Rohingya should be given civil rights."

Jolie added: "We all wish that Aung San Suu Kyi will in this situation be the voice of human rights," she told weekly Welt Am Sonntag.

Ms Suu Kyi has been harshly criticised for not condemning the violence.

Rohingya have faced decades of persecution by the majority Buddhist population in Burma, where they are denied citizenship.

The current crisis that has led more than 400,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh in the past three weeks.

Press Association

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