Hundreds turn up to Norway protest slamming Rohingya genocide in Myanmar

Syed Sibtain Shah
Demonstrators gather outside the Norwegian Parliament to voice their protest against the mass genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Oslo, Norway, September 13, 2017. Sibtain Shah

OSLO: Hundreds of people gathered here in Norway's capital city Wednesday evening to express solidary with the Rohingya Muslims facing mass genocide in Myanmar.

The demonstration — organised by the Islamic Council Norway — was staged in front of the Norwegian Parliament, wherein protesters asked the country's Nobel Committee to rescind from Myanmar State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi its Peace Prize for human rights efforts.

Suu Kyi — whose State Councilor seat is similar in terms of authority as a prime minister, a position effectively abolished back in 2011 — was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma in 1991.

The protesters — strongly condemning the brutal killing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma — stressed that Suu Kyi could not maintain her position as the defender of human rights after being so blatantly affiliated with the genocide of Rohingya community.

As such, they demanded her title of "Nobel Peace Prize Laureate" be revoked.

The demonstrators also called upon the United Nations (UN) and the world community to help stop the mass slaughter of the Rohingya Muslims.

Prominent speakers present at the event spoke in favour of the Rohingya Muslims and against the Myanmar government for the latter's involvement in the massacre.

In addition, the protesters pushed for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the UN to make further, greater efforts to halt the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims and work to ensure their safety in the state.

Later, the protesters dispersed peacefully.

Similar protests in favour of the Rohingya Muslims have been held recently in other parts of Europe, adding pressure on the global authorities to resolve the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.