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, reports The Nation.
“Those Burmese monks please, when they develop some kind of anger towards 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.
"The ethnic problem will not be solved by this present constitution which does not meet the aspirations of the ethnic nationalities," Suu Kyi told reporters at the Forum 2000 conference on Tuesday.
A committee of parliamentarians have until the end of the year to produce a report with their recommended changes to the constitution, which was written by the former junta more than a decade ago.
The Dalai Lama, 78, who fled his homeland for India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, also said there was "too much emphasis on 'we' and 'they'" in the world, and that "this century should be a century of dialogue, not wars".
He and the 68-year-old Suu Kyi, both Nobel Peace laureates, met privately on the fringes of the Prague conference on Sunday.