US News The tragedy of 'icon' Aung San Suu Kyi's silence

14:08  13 september  2017
14:08  13 september  2017 Source:   Sky News

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:: The tragedy of ' icon ' Aung San Suu Kyi ' s silence . "The first reason ( Suu Kyi cannot attend) is because of the Rakhine terrorist attacks," he said. "The state counsellor is focusing to calm the situation in Rakhine state.

Desmond Tutu has criticised Aung San Suu Kyi over her silence on the Rohingya Muslims ordeal in Myanmar.

A Rohingya refugee living in Malaysia uses a slipper to hit a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi © Getty A Rohingya refugee living in Malaysia uses a slipper to hit a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi

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For years, Aung San Suu Kyi was feted as one of the greatest hopes for better human rights around the world.

From the Nobel Peace Prize Committee down to think tanks and city councils, she was celebrated; honoured in a pantheon that includes an exalted few - the likes of Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi.

After a long struggle under house arrest against Burma's cynical military junta, she was allowed to run in the first elections there in 25 years, and won.

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Image: A Rohingya refugee living in Malaysia uses a slipper to hit a picture of Aung San Suu Kyi .

South Africa Anti-Apartheid campaigner and social rights activist, Desmond Tutu has condemned Burma’ s Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence on the painful and dreaded ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims in her country.

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She now stands accused of silence at best and complicity at worst, as her country's military unleashes a devastating campaign of atrocities on its own people.

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Burma against international criticism

  Aung San Suu Kyi defends Burma against international criticism The Nobel Peace laureate’s global image has been damaged since violence broke out on August 25.Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken out about the Rohingya refugee crisis in a live address on television.

Having swept almost every parliamentary seat in the four states in which results have been tallied, Aung San Suu Kyi ' s National League for Democracy looks on course to win Burma's general election. On Monday, the party's leader, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy icon

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was for years the country’ s pro-democracy icon . After a year as the country’ s de facto leader, one wonders where she stands on human rights and democracy issues today. On top of her silence regarding U Ko Ni’ s death

She has never acknowledged the catalogue of appalling abuses being carried out by the military against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state, refusing even to visit the area.

A UN report in February listed the abuses:

  • Rohingya villages attacked by helicopters
  • Mass rape
  • The throats of women and children slit in front of their families
  • People rounded up and burned alive.

Then, this week, the UN Human Rights Council spelled it out.

After more than 300,000 Rohingya were forced to flee machete-wielding mobs and soldiers armed with machine guns, it accused the Burmese military of "textbook ethnic cleansing".

Throughout this, a woman hitherto seen as a champion of freedom and human rights has remained silent.

Myanmar Rohingya refugee people in unregistered Rohingya refugee leda camp in Teknaf © Getty Myanmar Rohingya refugee people in unregistered Rohingya refugee leda camp in Teknaf

In her only comments, she said the world should be wary of misinformation about what she called Rohingya terrorists

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Burma against international criticism

  Aung San Suu Kyi defends Burma against international criticism The Nobel Peace laureate’s global image has been damaged since violence broke out on August 25.Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken out about the Rohingya refugee crisis in a live address on television.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS ONE of the most celebrated human rights icons of our age: Nobel Peace Laureate, winner of the Sakharov Prize, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an Amnesty International-recognized prisoner of conscience for 15 long years.

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to give a speech to the supporters during. More Power, but More Expectations, Too. She is widely beloved in Burma and seen as a global icon of peaceful resistance against injustice.

That has caused outrage.

There are explanations, some of them convincing.

She does not control the military. There is still profound mistrust between her and her generals.

There is a danger, were she to speak out too strongly, of being counterproductive.

But to many who know her and once admired her those excuses go only so far.

Paddy Ashdown was chair of Chatham House foreign affairs think tank when it gave Aung San Suu Kyi its annual prize in 2011.

He has little sympathy for her apologists.

"She can certainly be blamed for her silence. For not saying anything," he told Sky News.

"She has to be speaking out against this, at the very least, and it is tragic, desperately tragic, that she has failed to do so... tragic for her and tragic for all of us who believed she was an icon of what the world wants to see more of."

Her worst alleged crime is not so much remaining silent but giving cover to the military for what is now a well documented campaign of atrocities, verging on genocide.

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