Don't Give Up On Aung San Suu Kyi


Ms Suu Kyi's initial reluctance to take up the Rohingya cause was understandable, though not admirable.

Aung San Suu Kyi has fully embraced the recommendations, and has begun creating these mechanisms for implementation. She is not even willing to use the term Rohingya; her government dismisses the 1m-strong group that has been present in Rakhine since precolonial times as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. This prestigious newspaper considers this as an "ethnic cleansing".

He joined a growing list of figures calling on Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene in the conflict.

It was fairly predictable that the Norwegian committee would swiftly reject the appeal as the prize, once awarded, "cannot be turned down".

During the past week, that orange streak has grown larger and brighter, and daytime images have shown why: Countless villages and towns in the northern state of Rakhine have been reduced to charred ruins as their residents, members of the Rohingya people, have been driven out of their traditional region, sometimes killed or brutalized, by Myanmar's military in what firsthand observers describe as a systematic ethnic cleansing.

The leader of Burma's National League for a Democracy, was given the prestigious award in 1991 for campaigning to make her country a democracy.

"Her position seems to be that if she denounces the state-sanctioned terror against the Rohingya, she will forfeit no small part of her grass roots support in Myanmar, so she seems relatively unconcerned that by saying nothing, she will be judged by millions of people around the world as being responsible for those very same atrocities, '" he asserted. This has made it more hard to handle the plight of the increasing number of persecuted Rohingya. Many others effectively live in open-air prisons, their villages watched over by security forces.

It's now well on the way to accomplishing its goal, thanks to a small group of misguided young Rohingya men who formed a ramshackle resistance group called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army and attacked several police posts on 25 August, killing twelve people. Muslim-majority northern Rakhine state is home to a variety of legally recognised ethnic groups, including the Rakhine Buddhists, Hindus, as well as hill tribe minorities like the Mro, Daignet, Kami and Marma. As her children held foreign passports Suu Kyi could not run for president.

Globe editorial: What has happened to Aung San Suu Kyi? People expect her to have that big high moral voice but she's a politician, and what's the most important objective if you are a politician? She is known for a regal bearing that borders on haughty, but her powers are sharply limited.

In one exchange in the House before summer break, Liberal MP Omar Alghabra touted the government's record of commenting on Myanmar's ongoing crisis where and when necessary. Suu Kyi addressed a gathering stating, "I could not, as my father's daughter, remain indifferent to all that was going on". But on arrival, it was withdrawn after word reached Suu Kyi's government in the capital Naypyidaw, and the order was given to stop the BBC team and return them to the capital. Led by former United Nations Secretary- General Kofi Annan, the commission urged the government of Myanmar to recognize the rights of the Rohingya and warned that not doing so might only increase violence and radicalization in the state.

The Senate resolution calls on the Burmese government to allow the United Nations "unrestricted access" to assess the situation and provide aid and to end legal restrictions on citizenship and freedom of movement for the Rohingya.

The Liberal government have been facing increasing pressure, from the public and opposition MPs, to revoke Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship status.

Seeing the recent precedence of liberal intervention by USA and West in countries like Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, should not there be an imposition of sanctions against Myanmar over the massive human rights violations or a demand for a separate state for the Rohingyas on the pattern of East Timor or South Sudan.

"It is also an issue of security and economic development", Thet Thet Khine said.