Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes to Aung San Suu Kyi

Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes to Aung San Suu Kyi

Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes to Aung San Suu Kyi

In recent times Suu Kyi's office issued a statement, and she said the same thing in a telephonic conversation with the Turkish president Erdogan, that people of all communities in Rakhine are safe!

In this scenario, the emergence of an armed Rohingya group - the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army - in Myanmar's Rakhine state a year ago raised the Tatmadaw's hackles.

The petition's authors ask a rather pointed question: "What is wrong with being a Muslim, Suu Kyi?". While her English husband and her sons returned to Britain she formed the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Khin says some of those countries help train and equip the Myanmar military and can send a powerful message by suspending that support.

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators - Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Republican John McCain of Arizona - issued a joint resolution condemning the "horrific acts of violence" against the Rohingya and imploring Suu Kyi "to play an active role in ending this humanitarian tragedy".

Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of the country has come under increasing pressure to act from the worldwide community in recent weeks.

"She was the one person in the country who really could have challenged this really ingrained and endemic prejudice against Muslims in the country and Rohingya in particular", Mark Farmaner, of Burma Campaign UK, told CBC News.

The persecution of the Rohingyas has seldom ignited such a sense of despair around the world. While there may be some logic in this reasoning but considering what is happening in Western Europe where many Muslim immigrants have been found to get mixed up with radical jehadi groups and conduct terrorist activities, India has reason to worry about adding destitute Muslim refugees to the population. The law then stated that the only those who arrived in Myanmar before 1823 would be recognised as citizens of the country.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have refused to answer calls from global activists calling on him to impose sanctions against Suu Kyi's government. The Tatmadaw isn't used to being reined in by a civilian government, particularly not when its troops are under fire, as they have been Rakhine.

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Suu Kyi visited Ottawa last spring and had a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Myanmar's army has been waging a ruthless campaign to crush Rohingya rebels in the northwest of the country, a campaign marked by widespread abuses against the local population. "Where will they go?"

Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, the Turkish President is the only global leader, who dared to raise voice against the Rohingya's genocide at the hands of Myanmar security forces.

Still, some observers insist that Suu Kyi has tried to hold back the Tatmadaw.

Thet Thet Khine, a lawmaker from Suu Kyi's party, said the government was committed to implementing the recommendations. (Daw is an honorific). But she seems no more sympathetic to the Rohingyas' plight than her jackbooted predecessors. "ANP has same idea as the military", Sithu Aung Myint said.

Last August, Suu Kyi also put together an advisory commission, chaired by former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, to find "a sustainable solution on the complicated issues in Rakhine State". Despite those efforts, China's Belt and Road project appears more attractive to Naypyidaw, which is in talks to buy electricity from China, Reuters reported last month.

She received the award for "her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights" while standing up against military rulers.

Suu Kyi is also a recipient of the International Mahatma Gandhi Award for Reconciliation and Peace, awarded to her in 2009 when she faced many restrictions, including house arrest. While it is hard to know what the group really seeks, the fact that it has upgraded its strike capacity and consolidated local support over the past few years is undeniable.

Emphasis of the worldwide community and its media on the exodus of refugees and destruction alone is not helping this complex and volatile situation.

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