Aung San Suu Kyi, the state counsellor of Myanmar has been quiet over the human rights abuse and what seems like ‘ethnic cleansing’ by the Myanmar army to the Rohingya people living in her country. About 700,000 Rohingyans have fled their homes to Bangladesh, a neighbouring country. The world is dismayed at the passiveness of the once adored human right activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Amnesty International has stripped her of its highest honour due to her actions went against the principles of Amnesty International. US Vice President Mike Pence has also made his remarks directly to Aung Suu Kyi that the persecution of the Rohingya is ‘without excuse’.
Most freedom fighters are seen as saints
The world has always believed that the political prisoners and freedom fighters are saints and unfortunately, have always been disappointed in their tender belief. Most of the freedom fighters who turned out to be leaders of their countries become dogmatic while dumping the same principles that brought them into power. Power can be heady. From Zimbabwe’s Kenneth Mugabe to Cameroon’s Paul Biya and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame with so many others. Aung San Suu Kyi may not be authoritarian but giving a nod to the killings and rape of the Rohingya by the military is near to tyrannical. Though a bigger percentage of the Myanmar government is controlled by the military but as a State Counsellor and world acclaimed human right activist, this abuse should not be happening under her nose. Her reply to US Vice President Pence, “we can say that we understand our country better than any other country does and I’m sure you will say the same of yours, that you understand your country better than anybody else,” may prove to be true and logical in reference to Trump’s government separating migrant children from their parents at the border. Trump defended his action by saying the US will not be a ‘migrant camp’.
Can Suu Kyi get back her international adoration
The repatriation process is still going on in Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Although, not even one Rohingya refugee has agreed to go back to Myanmar due to fear of being killed or tortured. The Bangladesh government is still motivating the refugees to see reasons for their return. though some Rohingya refugees have requested Myanmar citizenship and rights if they would return.
These days might be one of the most challenging moments for Miss Aung San Suu Kyi. With backlashes from the international community and the strip of the highest honour by Amnesty International, more attacks on her person and what she stands for will arise. As a glorified peace ambassador and human rights activist, Suu Kyi can build peace in Myanmar and absorb the Rohingya peoples regardless of religion and cultural differences because that is what peacemakers like her do.