Dalai Lama urges Myanmar monks to shun violence


Published — Wednesday 18 September 2013

Last update 22 September 2013 3:24 am

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PRAGUE: The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged Myanmar monks to act according to their Buddhist principles, in a plea to end the deadly violence against the country’s Muslim minority.
“Those Burmese monks, please, when they develop some kind of anger toward Muslim brothers and sisters, please, remember the Buddhist faith,” the Buddhist leader told reporters at an annual human rights conference in the Czech capital Prague.
“I am sure (...) that would protect those Muslim brothers and sisters who are becoming victims,” Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said.
Sectarian clashes in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine last year left around 200 people dead, mostly Rohingya Muslims who are denied citizenship, and 140,000 others homeless. Having earned scorn for her failure to clearly condemn the violence, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s pro-democracy icon turned opposition leader, said last week she alone could not stop it.

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