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If anything, Aung San Suu Kyi’s 29-minute State of the Union address underlined the crown of thorns that she wears.

 

Finally breaking her silence on the Rohingya exodus, Myanmar’s state counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has said that her government would like to understand the root causes of the refugee crisis and investigate charges of human rights abuses.

 

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech on Tuesday was meant to fend off global criticism over her long silence on the Rohingya issue. The words she spoke certainly broke the silence, but they provided little hope that Myanmar can end the problem soon.

 

Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders has urged Myanmar to grant international humanitarian organisations unrestricted and independent access to the conflict-torn Rakhine state to enable provision of humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.

 

Since 1988, Myanmar has enjoyed close political, diplomatic and security relations with China. Throughout the 1990s and up to this day both countries have strong economic terms as well.

 

India is facing growing pressure from international humanitarian groups for its hardline position on Rohingya refugees fleeing a crackdown on them by Myanmar’s military. Azeem Ibrahim, research professor at Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, is author of ‘The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide’.

 

It was inevitable that once Aung San Suu Kyibecame Burma’s ruler and was no longer just a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who had spent 15 years under arrest, she would fall from the pedestal on which she had been placed. But her collapse is more dramatic than anyone could have envisaged.

 

Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani resumed the second term of his presidency. The new Rouhani team, however, suffers from a lack of novelty since more than half the members of the previous cabinet, including the key minister of foreign affairs, have been retained.

 

After the turbulence in Myanmar's Rakhine State on August 25 when Rohingya militants attacked police posts and killed 12 security officers, Myanmar's army and police intensified "clearance operations" against "terrorists." In the two weeks thereafter, about 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

 

All human beings are endowed with reason and conscience. These are the words in the opening lines of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the most widely recognised statement of the rights that every person on our planet has. There are some days however, that can truly test the core belief that we all have the gift of conscience – the ability to see the difference between right and wrong.

 


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