Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Understanding Aung San Suu Kyi’s Silence on the Rohingya - My response

 My attention was drawn to an article "Understanding Aung San Suu Kyi’s Silence on the Rohingya" by Darwin Peng in the Harvard Political Review.

 Here below is my response, which I posted in the HPR:

 Mr. Peng's article is a flawed one in that he tacitly tries to give the impression that the violence in Myanmar was a two-people matter. No it is not. It has been a Buddhist violence against unarmed Muslims, mostly the Rohingya, for more than half a century.

The Rohingyas are the most persecuted people on earth who do not have any of the 30 rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They have been in the receiving end of violence. Until the alleged attack of Myanmar security forces by angry youths last year, there has not been any Rohingya-initiated violence on the Buddhists of Myanmar.

Peng also likes to mask the fascist Myanmarism as Buddhist nationalism, which has been at the heart of violence directed by the Buddhist majority on almost every religious minority living inside Myanmar. It is a shameful attempt by Peng. Similar is his attempt to whitewash the religious intolerance of Suu Kyi and her NLD government. She knew what she was getting into before taking up the job as the State Counsellor of Myanmar. There is no excuse for her indifference. Her silence on the crimes of her government institutions is simply criminal. Far from Peng’s assertion, she could and can do more to stop the crimes against the Rohingya people if she was or is sincere. But as a Myanmar Buddhist, who has become a religious chauvinist, she is insincere to change that paradigm. She is a party to the crimes of her government against humanity. Pure and simple!

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