Target: Monk Ashin Wirathu
Goal: Demand monk apologize over sexist remarks to United Nations rapporteur.
An ultra-nationalist Buddhist recently called a United Nations rapporteur a “whore” during a protest, shocking both the United Nations and Myanmar leaders. This woman is an activist who is fighting for the rights of Muslims who have been discriminated against in Myanmar. As a person of religious faith, Ashin Wirathu should not have made those comments. Sign this petition and order the monk to issue an apology to the reporter for his sexist remarks.
Wirathu is the leader of a far-right and anti-Muslim group who condemned rapporteur Yanghee Lee during a public rally. The monk is caught on tape saying, “Don’t assume you are a respectable person, just because of your position. To us, you are just a whore.” The footage has circulated through social media, and has stirred outrage, especially in the United Nations. The organization has called the monk’s statements as “insulting” and “sexist.”
The rapporteur was in Myanmar reporting on the conflict taking place between Buddhists and Muslims. As many as 1.3 million Muslims are facing harsh discrimination in this country that is coming out of military rule. Myanmar is a Buddhist country and has expressed little tolerance towards the Muslim minority. There are more than 130,000 Muslims who live in displacement camps and they are not allowed to leave. Government authorities are also crafting laws to prevent interfaith marriage and religious conversions.
It is obvious that Wirathu is condemning Lee’s work against discrimination and prejudice with his sexist remarks. As a monk, he should be opening his heart to those who are in need, but instead he is condoning inhumane conditions on people who are of a different faith. Sign this petition and order him to apologize for his statements.
Dear Ashin Wirathu,
It concerns me that a man of religious faith is calling a woman a whore, especially when she is reporting on the human rights abuse that has occurred in your country. Yanghee Lee is a United Nations reporter, and her sole responsibility is to investigate the thousands of Muslims whose rights are being abused. To condemn her because she is a woman and is doing work for a just cause points to a great flaw in yourself.
No matter what a person is, whether they be male, female, Christian, Buddhist or Muslim, they are still a human being. Myanmar has a long way to go as the country has just come out of military rule, but a good place to start is to acknowledge the rights of all people. I urge you to apologize for your remarks and instead of looking down on others, I encourage you to open your heart and accept everyone for who they are.
[Your Name Here]
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