- Aung San Suu Kyi was a democracy icon in her homeland of Myanmar
- right now, she faces harsh criticism over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims
“These are mass killings along with also also they’re taking place right right now along with also also Aung San Suu Kyi’s office can be not only doing nothing to stop in which — in some ways they’re throwing fuel on the fire,” said Matthew Smith, founder of human rights groups Fortify Rights, who was speaking through Kutupalong Refugee camp in Bangladesh, where many Rohingya have fled.
Moral face of Myanmar
Her father, Gen. Aung San, can be revered as the country’s founder after in which gained independence through the British in 1948. along with also also as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for being “an outstanding example of the power of the powerless,” the expectation along with also also pressure she faces to be the moral face of Myanmar can be undeniable.
Suu Kyi has ostensibly made in which her life’s work to fight for human rights along with also also democracy, which has made her silence over the Rohingya crisis so grating for her supporters to see. yet even before the most recent developments, Suu Kyi had displayed a disconcerting sensibility regarding Muslims in Myanmar.
Her attitude toward some of the ethnic groups which make up Myanmar’s population was clear for anyone to see over years of media interviews.
In a 2013 television interview with BBC News, she disputed the characterization of the violence being perpetrated against the Rohingya at the time as ethnic cleansing. She was criticized then, too, for not standing up for the persecuted minority, who were being kept in internment camps while Buddhist nationalists along with also also firebrand monks spread anti-Muslim sentiment across the country.
“I think there are many many Buddhists who have also left the country for various reasons along with also also there are many Buddhists who are in refugee camps. This particular can be the result of our sufferings. I think if you live under a dictatorship for many years, people don’t learn to trust one another.”
Just a politician
Those who continue to defend Suu Kyi argue in which even with the extremely influential post she right now holds, the Nobel laureate along with also also her civilian partners in government don’t control the military along with also also. therefore. cannot intervene in its campaigns, including the fighting raging in Rakhine State.
“She along with also also all in Burma have our full support in This particular,” Johnson said in early September.
In 2011, when Suu Kyi was censured for her unwillingness to criticize the military, her backers inside West argued in which she couldn’t have actually done very much since she was a member of the opposition along with also also in which speaking out might have undone any chance she might have had to pursue political power, something she along with also also her party were focused on at the time. Coming down on the military in any way would likely have been a backward step for Myanmar’s progress, they contended.
“She might want to reread her Nobel text,” the board remarked, pointing to her words in which summoned an original aim “to create a world free through the displaced, the homeless along with also also the hopeless … a world of which each along with also also every corner can be a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will hold the freedom along with also also the capacity to live in peace.” The Board concluded: “This particular can be not the entire world of the Rohingya in today’s Burma.”