(Reuters) - Nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since a surge in violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state began on Aug 25.
The exodus of refugees, sparked by a fierce military response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks, is the most pressing crisis Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming leader last year.
She has been the target of criticism from fellow Nobel laureates and religious leaders across the world, for failing to condemn the human rights abuses against the Rohingya.
Here are a selection of quotes about her reticence:
AUNG SAN SUU KYI - 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, Myanmar leader
"We have to take care of our citizens. We have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens." (Sept 7 - reut.rs/2x1S4Ey)
DESMOND TUTU - 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, anti-apartheid leader, addressing Suu Kyi:
"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." (Sept 7 - bit.ly/2xQIV0P)
MALALA YOUSAFZAI - 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, women’s rights activist
”Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment. I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same.
"The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting." (Sept 4 - bit.ly/2eRtMZq)
NOBEL WOMEN‘S INITIATIVE - Open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi from five Nobel Peace laureates
"How many Rohingya have to die; how many Rohingya women will be raped; how many communities will be razed before you raise your voice in defense of those who have no voice? (Sept 11 - bit.ly/2wWrA7u)
PETITION HOSTED ON CHANGE.ORG - Online petition urging Nobel committee to revoke Suu Kyi’s peace prize gathers more than 420,000 signatures.
"Until this second, the de facto ruler of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has done virtually nothing to stop this crime against humanity in her country." (bit.ly/1WBrfjn)
Reporting by Darren Schuettler,; Editing by Clarence Fernandez