The FW de Klerk Foundation, with the full support of its founder, Nobel Peace Laureate and former South African President, FW de Klerk, calls on all parties in the Myanmar conflict to show restraint and wisdom in managing and trying to resolve what is fast become a globally recognised humanitarian crisis. When tens of thousands of people (some say hundreds of thousands) flee a country, whether it is to get away from “the violence” or from “the army”, it is reason for a government to pause and ask what should be done urgently. What we and the rest of the international community see is that ordinary people are hurt the most.
This appeal is therefore also addressed to president Aung San Suu Kyi, a fellow Nobel Peace Laureate to former President De Klerk, to ensure that everything is possible is done to halt the violence and the growing number of refugees. In this process, we believe that internationally recognised human rights such as civil liberties, freedom of religion and freedom of association (amongst others) should be paramount.
Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation
15 September 2017