My Udhayam TV Interview on Rohingya Crisis


SUU KYIMyanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, now being slaughtered by armed forces, had great hope on Nobel Laureate Aung Sann Suu Kyi to end their persecution and resume normal life . This was despite her concession to  racist factions in her party  and blocked Muslims from running for parliament in 2015.

However to the shock of the world she defends genocide of Muslims . What is going in Myanmar since Friday 25 August 2017 is ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. They were driven out from their homes and lands. They were raped, chopped and slaughtered turning the region into a slaughter house. Barbarity unleashed was unprecedented.

Aung Sann Suu Kyi has taken a U--Turn and accuse Muslims of killing Muslims. Despite severe censorship and moves to cover up  the world began see  the ongoing massacres.

She now faces international criticism . The   atrocities were not something unexpected. It was building up. The world was aware and her critics have called on her, who after 15 years of house arrest as a political prisoner now effectively rules Myanmar in the specially created position of state counsellor, to  stop the massacres.

 In October last year almost 75,000 people from the persecuted Muslims  escaped to Bangladesh after the military launched  attacks . Rohingya   told the United Nations Human Rights office that soldiers executed babies in front of their mothers, as part of campaign to terrorize and force Muslims to leave.

Since December, human rights group, Fortify Rights, documented cases of Myanmar armed forces raping Rohingya women and girls, slitting men's throats and burning people alive - in some cases killing children and infants. Findings are consistent with those of a UN report published in February, which concluded that Myanmar's armed forces were committing crimes against humanity in Rakhine State.

In December, more than a dozen fellow Nobel laureates wrote an open letter to the United Nations Security Council warning of a tragedy “amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in Rakhine, citing the “potential for genocide”.She dismissed the warning .

 Columnist Aela Callan said that “If  Aung San Suu Kyi fails to act on the things that lie within her power, then she fails on her own terms”. She runs her party like a dictator. She doesn't listen, or accept advice. She treats others as if  they are school children  ."

All the while, Aung San Suu Kyi has remained silent about the military's attacks.  Many ask how she can stand by and let this unfold.  Thus, there is increasing evidence that Suu Kyi is failing to address the things that are within her control.

 In an article David Baulk , a Myanmar Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights, had this to state;

 Myanmar's de-facto leader and former human-rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi convened a conference to try to end the many wars that have wracked the country for more than half a century. Leaders of the military and ethnic armed groups, politicians, and civil society activists descended on Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw with the stated aim of achieving what Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party promised when it came to power in April 2016 - "national reconciliation". But an end to Myanmar's decades-long conflicts remains as distant as ever.

As the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar military spoke at last month's conference of his "burning desire" to bring peace to the country, video footage of Myanmar army soldiers torturing ethnic men dressed in civilian clothes emerged. The clip shows soldiers beating, kicking and threatening with death several bound men. As the commanding officer repeatedly bludgeons one man, he says, "I'm going to break all your teeth and cut out your tongue."

This is the kind of brutality the Myanmar military continues to use against ethnic communities, and it is nothing new. 

On March 24, the UN Human Rights Council passed a landmark resolution mandating a fact-finding mission to Myanmar to "establish the facts and circumstances of the alleged recent human rights violations by military and security forces … with a view to ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims."

 Aung San Suu Kyi's thinly veiled defense of Myanmar's security forces is the latest example of her failure to promote and protect human rights and a feeble justification for precluding the fact-finding mission. Her resistance is particularly problematic given that her unparalleled standing in the country could swing public opinion to push for justice and accountability. Ends

This is perhaps picnic for Aung Sann Suu Kyi