They are, by their own admission, close friends. But Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has made a public plea to Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims.
In a letter published on social media, the archbishop called on the leader to speak out against the “unfolding horror,” writing “what some have called ‘ethnic cleansing’ and others ‘a slow genocide’ has persisted – and recently accelerated.”
“My dear sister: If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep. A country that is not at peace with itself, that fails to acknowledge and protect the dignity and worth of all its people, is not a free country.
“As we witness the unfolding horror we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again. We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people. We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness,” he wrote.
His comments come amid international condemnation.