A Nobel peace prize blunder?

The Daily Times: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces the challenge of either sustaining the support of Myanmar Buddhists to remain in power or condemning the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas and living up to her Nobel Laureate duty. For a country which never gained civilian institutions or state systems and instead fell into the control of the Tatmadaw (armed forces of Myanmar) after independence, it will be difficult to reverse the legacies of violence. To protect the human rights of the Rohingya, Suu Kyi needs to acknowledge the genocide and mobilise the society and government to act upon it.

Myanmar has long been a victim of authoritarian rule, starting from British colonialism, to the Japanese and now their own military. The country harbours wounds from the exploitation and killing of Buddhists by colonial rulers, which has manifested in the form of hostility towards non-Buddhist ethnic groups. Buddhist nationalism has convinced the seemingly peaceful Buddhists to eradicate Rohingya Muslims, who are not considered citizens.

It seems impossible to convince a government that is not majority democratic to change its constitution, which denies certain ethnic minorities their rights. Although Myanmar has gained independence and the National League for Democracy (NLD) has won elections in 1990, 2012 and 2015, Myanmar is in reality an Ethnocracy (a political regime that facilitates expansion and control by a dominant ethnicity).

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  1. You are wrong on so many counts here. This situation is far more complex the Burmese civilian government has no control whatsoever of the military. And where is your criticism of Bangladesh limiting aid to the refugees and for sending them to Burma in the first place.

    QP

  2. My observation: The main root of this disaster us the extremist Muslim and Buddhist. Beside that Government do not recognise Immigrant from Balangdesh 100 years ago. Therefor Balangdesh rohingga have to comeback to Balangdesh where they belong.

    The small extremist clerics have been advocating to have their own Islamic state in Mynmar and they started few months ago attacked police post, killed 15 polices.

    This was a trigger of disaster.
    I blame the Goverment should protect the life of Thousand innocent people.
    I blame also the Extremist Islamic clerics who advocate their own Islamic state or rule in Rohingyaa

    My best suggestion: Refugee should live in Bslangdesh where they belong, the same race, religion and culture.
    If refugee come back to Rohingyas there is no guarantee from the hyphocrite government of Myanmar.

    With ❤️

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