FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Removing Suu Kyi’s portrait won’t help the Rohingyas
Posted:Oct 2, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
The latest criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi’s stance on the Rohingya crisis came in the form of the removal of her portrait from her alma mater. The portrait, which was displayed at the entrance of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, has been replaced by a painting by a Japanese artist. The college refused to comment on whether the portrait’s removal is somehow linked to the Rohingya issue.
 
The college’s move has been criticised by the Burma Campaign UK group as weak. Mark Farmaner, the campaigns director, has urged the St. Hugh’s administration to confirm that the portrait’s removal is, in fact connected to Suu Kyi’s refusal to acknowledge the ongoing genocide against Rohingya Muslims. Farmaner has also urged the college to write to Suu Kyi and urge her to respect human rights.
 
Farmaner isn’t the only one who wants Suu Kyi called out on her silence more loudly. Social media has remained abuzz for weeks with people demanding that Suu Kyi be stripped of her nobel peace prize. Those making this demand accuse Suu Kyi of being complicit in the atrocities against the Rohingya because of her refusal to acknowledge that atrocities are in fact taking place.
 
But many of those who made these statements, and probably initially hoped that Suu Kyi would move to protect the Rohingya community probably didn’t know much about Myanmar and Suu Kyi’s abilities to actually do anything about the human rights violations taking place against the Rohingya.
 
Suu Kyi won a decisive victory in Myanmar’s 2015 elections. She was given the title of state counsellor, a position she created herself. She did this to get around a clause in the constitution which bars those with a foreign spouse or foreign children from the presidency. And although the actual president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw answers to her, the military remains the real power in Myanmar. The military is still guaranteed a quarter of the seats in parliament and stays in control of three important ministries; the home affairs ministry, the defence ministry and the border affairs ministry. Six out of eleven seats on the National Defence and Security Council (NDSC) also belong to the military. The NDSC also reserves the power to suspend a democratic government. Furthermore, media reports (including posts on social media) from Myanmar shows that there is little to no public sympathy for the Rohingya in Myanmar. And the hostility against them has only increased since August 2017. Taking all this into account, it is clear that if Suu Kyi does challenge the Myanmar military on their atrocities in the Rakhine state, she may not have any power left.
 
All this only highlights how bad things truly are for the Rohingya. They remain completely at the mercy of a military and country that wants them dead or outside the country’s borders.
 
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has confirmed his presence for the occasion. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, Indonesia’s Ambassador to India, Sidharto R.Suryodipuro, reminded Nilova Roy Chaudhury that the first Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations, in 1950, w
 
read-more
The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
read-more
In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
read-more
  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
read-more
What is commonly referred to as the “border dispute” between India and China manifests itself in two distinct and separate areas of contention. One is Aksai Chin, a virtually uninhabited high-altitude desert expanse of about 37,000 square kilometres. The other is what is now the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh,
 
read-more
The first thing that one sees when a flight approaches New Delhi is thick smog that envelopes the city and its lack of greenery.  In almost all other major cities of India lack of greenery is the most obvious sight that one sees when approaching it by air.
 
read-more

Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
read-more

Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
read-more

It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, ...

 
read-more
Column-image

Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. Long plagued by endemic poverty, until the 1990s the Indian economy was also hamstrung by a burdensome regulat...

 
Column-image

Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

 
Column-image

Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.

 
Column-image

It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
Column-image

Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699