In defense of Aung San Suu Kyi

A Created 2017:09:06 06:42:28

In defense of Aung San Suu Kyi

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) also said it interviewed 50 recently arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who described killings, shelling and arson in their villages.

During the discussion, he made clear that the Muslim world was deeply concerned about the situation, according to the Reuters news agency.

This week another honorary Canadian citizen and Nobel Peace Prize victor, girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai, publicly condemned Aung San Suu Kyi's feeble leadership in protecting the Rohingya.

She spent 15 years of her life in house arrest and yet when she won Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for democracy in 1991, we all felt that an icon was born.

"Here she is silent and she is not accepting that her government is responsible for this genocide".

Anyone who has even the slightest clue about worldwide affairs would distinctly remember Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle in Myanmar.

Reconciling an activist's ideals with the hard realities of governing is never easy, but rarely has an worldwide icon fallen so fast as Suu Kyi. "Myanmar army is carrying out a genocide of the Rohingya with the help of Suu Kyi's government".

The Refugees International, an independent humanitarian organisation, accuses the military in Myanmar of blocking life-saving aid and rights abuses, "which we believe amount to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

Contacted by The Daily Star, former Bangladesh ambassador in Washington, Humayun Kabir, however, said, "There is some movement in the U.S. and the policymaking circles are showing sensitivity on the uneasiness on the Rohingya situation".

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"Instead of challenging the military, she is now its poodle, its patsy, its flak-catcher in chief".

The rise of a well-armed Rohingya insurgency has generated public support for military operations in Rakhine.

"As Burma's de facto ruler, Suu Kyi bears ultimate responsibility for this grotesque over-reaction. In a country that's been in relative isolation for a long period of time, with low levels of education, people can have fairly bigoted views, and the Buddhist majority are fairly unsympathetic to the plight of the Rohingya". "The world would understand". Various worldwide forces are reacting differently to the latest of the persisting Rohingya crisis.

A petition urging the government to make a symbolic statement by revoking Suu Kyi's honorary Canadian citizenship has so far picked up more than 8,700 signatures in less than five days. She is a victim of terrorism herself and is supposed to have her own feelings and thoughts about the violence of Muslim terrorists.

Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's crisis response director, has been a vocal critic of Myanmar's actions near the nation's border with Bangladesh. Instead, Suu Kyi created a new position, Myanmar's state counsellor, and signed up for a giant balancing act, one in which she'd have to satisfy an impatient electorate while keeping the generals appeased.

"Rakhine state is on the precipice of a humanitarian disaster".

A spokeswoman for the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Vivian Tan, said the revised figure - an increase of almost 130,000 on Thursday's estimates - did not necessarily reflect new arrivals in the past 24 hours, "but that we have identified more people in different areas that we were not aware of before".

The UN has said it is receiving "constant reports" of violence carried out by security forces in the country, with claims that thousands of people have been killed or tortured.

"Authorities must immediately end this abhorrent practice against people who are already fleeing persecution", she said.

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