Buddhist spiritual leader reaffirms support for Rohingya Muslim cause

March 3, 2017

The Dalai Lama has once again spoken out against atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims, and said he had personally approached de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to use her influence to end ethnic cleansing against the minority community.

"All the world's major religions convey a message of peace and compassion, so it is especially saddening when we hear of violence being used in the name of religion like the very unfortunate events concerning the Muslim community in Burma,” he wrote in comments that will be read at the first hearing of the Permanent People's Tribunal on Myanmar at London's Queen Mary University on March 6 and 7.

Dalai Lama joined an increasingly louder chorus of voices including Pope Francis, calling for an end to atrocities against the Muslim community.

The Buddhist spiritual leader has always voiced his sympathies for the Rohingyas, and decried the use of a version of Buddhist nationalism to mobilise popular hatred against the Rohingyas.