Rohingya crisis

  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s attitude towards the Rohingya is cold, almost indifferent
- DAWN

Sep 12, 2017-While clashes between Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya population and its Buddhist majority have occurred off and on for the past several years, this time the scale of violence and the world’s response to the situation have been unprecedented. Thousands of Rohingya refugees have been entering neighbouring Bangladesh since the latest crisis erupted after Rohingya militants reportedly killed a number of Myanmar security officials last month. There are reports of attacks on the Rohingya in Myanmar by the security forces as well as Buddhist mobs. There has been widespread criticism of Myanmar State Counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Perhaps what is most disappointing for Ms Suu Kyi’s supporters across the world is the fact that while she struggled for democracy against Myanmar’s generals, her attitude towards the Rohingya is cold, almost indifferent. She has said there is a “huge iceberg of misinformation” about what is going on in Rakhine, the Myanmar state in which the Rohingya are concentrated. While it is true that social media is flooded with concocted items and disinformation, the fact that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been uprooted is undeniable. While indeed the military establishment still pulls many of the strings in Myanmar, Ms Suu Kyi’s reputation as a human rights champion will suffer irreparably if she fails to raise a voice for the Rohingya.

Published: 12-09-2017 08:20

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