NEW YORK – Trevor Noah in Thursday’s episode of the Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” blasted Nobel Peace Prize holder Aung San Kyi over her justification for the ongoing genocide targeting Rohingya Muslims under her leadership in Burma.
Noah acknowledges that Suu Kyi doesn’t control the military and that many people say she’s powerless to stop the ethnic dusting. Nonetheless, he says, New York subway rules should apply: “If you see something, say something. That should be the rule.”
Then, referring to Suu Kyi’s comments in which she attributes violence in Rakhine State to “fear on both sides,” Noah adds: “And if you do say something, try not to sound like Donald Trump.”
“Did you hear that?” Noah said. “She just ‘both-sided’ ethnic cleansing.”
More than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Burma, mostly minority Rohingya Muslims, a senior United Nations representative told AFP on Friday.
In the last two weeks alone 270,000 mostly Rohingya civilians have fled to Bangladesh, overwhelming refugee camps that were already bursting at the seams, the UN said.
Rakhine State, one of Burma’s poorest regions, is home to an estimated 125,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims, the majority of whom remain confined to temporary camps following waves of deadly violence in 2012 between Buddhists and Muslims.
Described by the UN as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, Burma’s ethnic-Bengali Muslims, generally known as the Rohingyas, are facing a catalog of discrimination in their homeland.
They have been denied citizenship rights since an amendment to the citizenship laws in 1982 and are treated as illegal immigrants.
Burma’s government as well as the Buddhist majority refuse to recognize the term “Rohingya,” referring to them as “Bengalis.”
Construction of mosques and religious schools in the region was banned in 1962 when military rule was first established in the country.