- The PFI alleged that the Myanmar government, guided by Aung San Suu Kyi, denied citizenship to Rohingya Muslims
- "We demand that the Norwegian Nobel Institute revoke the Nobel Prize awarded to Ms Suu Kyi," PFI said
- "If that cannot happen, please join humanitarian sentiments in all parts of the world by openly censuring her"
Kerala-based Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) has written to the Norwegian Nobel Institute to revoke the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi, alleging that the Myanmar government guided by her has persecuted the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country.
The PFI alleged that not only was the Myanmarese government denying citizenship to the Rohingya population, Suu Kyi herself was "lying blatantly that everything is merely a misinformation campaign".
"It is a matter of contempt and shame that they are compelled to leave their homelands under the threat of a government headed by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 while she was under house arrest of the military regime," said PFI chairman E Abubacker in the letter.
"We demand that the Norwegian Nobel Institute revoke the Nobel Prize awarded to Ms Suu Kyi, and if that cannot happen, please join the humanitarian sentiments in all parts of the world by openly censuring her for her role in the perpetuation of violence against Rohingya Muslims," the letter added.
The United Nations had recently said that the situation in Myanmar is a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh topped 300,000.
The Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority, have faced decades of persecution in Myanmar where they are regarded as illegal immigrants. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein had accused Myanmar of waging a "systematic attack" on the minority and warned that "ethnic cleansing" seemed to be under way.
Suu Kyi is the first and incumbent state counsellor and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) of Myanmar. She has come in for strong international criticism over the military crackdown on the Rohingya, which began when militants from the minority ambushed security forces on August 25.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:00 PM IST