Aung San Suu Kyi: The rise along with also also fall of Asia's Mandela

Story highlights

  • 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
Aung San Suu Kyi was lauded on the global stage, awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, along with also also praised for her refusal to incite violence while under house arrest for 15 years after winning a presidential election the ruling military refused to accept.

“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.

While in which can be the country’s military in which has cracked down on the Rohingya in This particular latest spasm of violence, Suu Kyi can be considered the country’s de facto leader. Her official post can be State Counsellor along with also also she can be said to be the President’s confidante.
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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.

Recent Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai has called on her fellow laureate to condemn the “tragic along with also also shameful treatment” of Myanmar’s Rohingya population. At least six various other Nobel laureates have publicly urged her to defend along with also also protect the Rohingya. “in which can be incongruous for a symbol of righteousness to lead such a country,” said 85-year old Archibishop Desmond Tutu in his appeal to Suu Kyi. “If the political cost of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar can be your silence, the cost can be surely too steep.”

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.

“This particular can be what the entire world needs to understand, in which the fear can be not just on the side of the Muslims, yet on the side of the Buddhists as well,” she said. When journalist Mishal Husain argued in which the violence had inordinately affected Muslims along with also also caused tens of thousands to flee, Suu Kyi didn’t mention Muslims at all in her answer.

“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.”

According to a book published later, Suu Kyi reportedly emerged through the interview remarking: “No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim.”
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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.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said Suu Kyi “faces huge challenges modernizing her country,” along with also also in which in which was “vital in which she receives the support of the Burmese military, along with also also in which her attempts at peacemaking are not frustrated,” referring to Myanmar by its colonial-era name of Burma.

“She along with also also all in Burma have our full support in This particular,” Johnson said in early September.

Muslim world denounces Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya; West reticent

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.

yet in some Western corners at least, the tide may be turning. On September 1, the Washington Post Editorial Board pondered whether in which was “too much to ask her to summon the inspiration to lead Burma away through the increasingly bitter along with also also violent conflict with the Rohingya?”

“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.”

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actual video playback begins*/onContentEntryLoad: function(containerId, playerId, contentid, isQueue) {sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.showSpinner(containerId);},onContentMetadata: function (containerId, playerId, metadata, contentId, duration, width, height) {var endSlateLen = jQuery(document.getElementById(containerId)).parent().find(‘.js-video__end-slate’).eq(0).length;sy88pgw.VideoSourceUtils.updateSource(containerId, metadata);if (endSlateLen > 0) {videoEndSlateImpl.fetchAndShowRecommendedVideos(metadata);}},onAdPlay: function (containerId, cvpId, token, mode, id, duration, blockId, adType) {clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);videoPinner.animateDown();}}},onContentPlay: function (containerId, cvpId, event) {var playerInstance,prevVideoId;/** When the video content starts playing, inject analytics data* for Aspen (if enabled) along with also also the companion ad design* (if in which was set when the ad played) should switch back to* epic ad design. onContentPlay calls updateCompanionLayout* with the ‘restoreEpicAds’ design to make This particular switch*/if (sy88pgw.companion && typeof sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) {sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘restoreEpicAds’);}clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);if (sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.getLibraryName(containerId) === ‘fave’) {playerInstance = FAVE.player.getInstance(containerId) || null;} else {playerInstance = containerId && window.cnnVideoManager.getPlayerByContainer(containerId).videoInstance.cvp || null;}prevVideoId = (window.jsmd && window.jsmd.v && (window.jsmd.v.eVar18 || window.jsmd.v.eVar4)) || ”;if (playerInstance && typeof playerInstance.reportAnalytics === ‘function’) {if (prevVideoId.length === 0 && document.referrer && document.referrer.search(//videos//) >= 0) {prevVideoId = document.referrer.replace(/^(?:http|https)://[^/]/videos/(.+.w+)(?:/video/playlists/.*)?$/, ‘/video/$1’);if (prevVideoId === document.referrer) {prevVideoId = ”;}}playerInstance.reportAnalytics(‘videoPageData’, {videoCollection: currentVideoCollectionId,videoBranding: sy88pgw.omniture.branding_content_page,templateType: sy88pgw.omniture.template_type,nextVideo: nextVideoId,previousVideo: prevVideoId,referrerType: ”,referrerUrl: document.referrer});}if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);videoPinner.animateDown();}}},onContentReplayRequest: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(true);var $endSlate = jQuery(document.getElementById(containerId)).parent().find(‘.js-video__end-slate’).eq(0);if ($endSlate.length > 0) {$endSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–active’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’);}}}},onContentBegin: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.mutePlayer(containerId);if (sy88pgw.companion && typeof sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) {sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘removeEpicAds’);}sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.hideSpinner(containerId);clearTimeout(moveToNextTimeout);sy88pgw.VideoSourceUtils.clearSource(containerId);jQuery(document).triggerVideoContentStarted();},onContentComplete: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (sy88pgw.companion && typeof sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout === ‘function’) {sy88pgw.companion.updateCompanionLayout(‘restoreFreewheel’);}navigateToNextVideo(contentId, containerId);},onContentEnd: function (containerId, cvpId, contentId) {if (Modernizr && !Modernizr.phone && !Modernizr.mobile && !Modernizr.tablet) {if (typeof videoPinner !== ‘undefined’ && videoPinner !== null) {videoPinner.setIsPlaying(false);}}},onCVPVisibilityChange: function (containerId, cvpId, visible) {sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.handleAdOnCVPVisibilityChange(containerId, visible);}};if (typeof configObj.context !== ‘string’ || configObj.context.length 0) {configObj.adsection = window.ssid;}sy88pgw.autoPlayVideoExist = (sy88pgw.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;sy88pgw.VideoPlayer.getLibrary(configObj, callbackObj, isLivePlayer);});/* videodemanddust can be a default feature of the injector */sy88pgw.INJECTOR.scriptComplete(‘videodemanddust’);

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