Gauri Lankesh, a secularist and anti-extremist writer in India, has been killed, and there are no words adequate enough to condemn her murder. There is one thing that can be said with certainty however. If the state cannot prevent such killings, if the state cannot protect its citizens and their freedom of expression, then the state is no longer protecting democracy. We are deeply concerned at the Myanmar Government’s inhuman torture of its Rohingya minority. They are being slaughtered, their homes are being burned to the ground, they are being driven out of their homeland and they are being forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. We are watching with grave distress as a humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Arakan. The fear we experience today is the fear of a new devastating war or the impending extinction of an entire race of people. We beg of the world’s conscience to stand united in an appeal to a quick and peaceful solution to the situation in Myanmar.
We hope for a peaceful world. And we hope that every human being in the world is able to fully enjoy human rights and the freedoms of expression and speech.