Suu Kyi watches as 270000 Rohingyas suffer


Because we now contemplate an extraordinary situation: "a Nobel peace laureate complicit in crimes against humanity".

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi (pic) has been urged to use her personal experience in fighting for democracy and human rights to stop the atrocities by the country's military against the ethnic Rohingya, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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".

"We know that you know that human beings may look and worship differently - and some may have greater firepower than others - but none are superior and none inferior; that when you scratch the surface we are all the same, members of one family, the human family; that there are no natural differences between Buddhists and Muslims; and that whether we are Jews or Hindus, Christians or atheists, we are born to love, without prejudice".

But to be Rohingya in 2017 is to be The Other.

Between Trudeau's careful language, opposition attacks, and Canadians' growing desire to see its government condemn foreign military violence on innocent people, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland struck a harder tone.

It reported that the influx of distressed refugees was "showing no signs of stopping".

Rohingya Muslims are a hated minority group in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Since then, their rights have gradually been removed. They had long suffered discrimination, including movement restrictions, withholding of land rights and exclusion from education and public service. Although 17 FIRs had been registered against 38 of them, the offences are mostly related t0 illegal border crossings, the New Indian Express reported. Actions must be taken by Myanmar and its regional neighbors to help build a comprehensive and inclusive solution for the Rohingya. When seen in this light, it would seem that the Rohingya have been suppressed for years and that the "arrangements" made for them ensure that they remain one of the most poor, needy and vulnerable communities of the world.

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"There's no safety and security... you are living like a hell". Even the makeshift shelters they construct were being destroyed.

Whatever's happening to Rohingyas is not new.

In the recent past, Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her government's handling of the crisis. "It goes back to pre-colonial times", she argued.

However, the Norwegian Nobel committee has ruled out rescinding Suu Kyi's prize, saying only her previous work would be taken into account rather than any subsequent actions.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), led by Attaullah Abu Ammar Jununi - who was born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia - launched its synchronized attacks against 30 police outposts in Maungdaw on August 25, hours after former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan presented comprehensive long-term solutions to solving the issues in Rakhine and integrating the local Muslim community (who self-identify as Rohingya). There was a nationalist feeling too which worked against them. They believe it is a continuation of a sustained campaign to wipe them out. But what some have called "ethnic cleansing" and others "a slow genocide" has persisted - and recently accelerated. This prestigious newspaper considers this as an "ethnic cleansing".

After all, Ms. Suu Kyi was forcibly confined for decades by the same military that is murdering, raping and brutalizing civilians on behalf of a government she now leads.

Her transformation from being a "champion of democracy" to "The Lady" (her sobriquet by her acolytes), who has created a powerful role for herself to fulfil a promise of being "above the president", exuding an air of superiority and unleashing a cult of personality as if she had a divine right to be "above" public scrutiny, is as breathtaking as it is soul-destroying for her erstwhile admirers in the West.

Suu Kyi doesn't have the power to order a halt to the military's operations.