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Shame Peace Nobel Winner Aung San Suu Kyi To Treat Rohingyas Humanely

12 September 2017

But here we are again - feeling betrayed by our longings.

But Aung San Suu Kyi has missed perhaps her greatest opportunity to make good on those words as the leader of Myanmar's first civilian government after a half-century of military rule.

Suu Kyi's apparent amoral politicking has brought her the opprobrium of an alliance of the courageous led by Pope Francis, who, in an address a few days ago, alluded to the Rohingya who have "been suffering and tortured for years, killed simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith". She became the darling of the West, known as The Lady, the underdog we loved to support, and with whom we could relate that much more because she had read philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and married an English academic. We are still waiting to see flashes of lights in one of the darkest hours of our time. Even before the latest wave of terror, a Yale study had suggested that the brutality towards the Rohingya might qualify as genocide. We used to assume that she reflected the rare combination of Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators - Democrats Richard Durbin, Ill., Dianne Feinstein, Calif., and Cory Booker, N.J., and Republican John McCain, Ariz. - issued a joint resolution condemning the "horrific acts of violence" against the Rohingya and imploring Suu Kyi "to play an active role in ending this humanitarian tragedy".

Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, the Turkish President is the only global leader, who dared to raise voice against the Rohingya's genocide at the hands of Myanmar security forces.

After a bloody suppressed "Saffron Revolution", in November 2010 Suu Kyi was released.

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Four years ago, three of her fellow female Peace Prize winners - Williams, Iran's Shirin Ebadi and Liberia's Leymah Gbowee - met her privately in what proved to be a futile effort to persuade her to recognize the Rohingya issue. As my novel was about a British girl who stands up for herself against the odds - and wins - my publicist thought it would be interesting to list the women who had inspired me enough to write a story about defending human rights.

According to the United Nations, some 300,000 people are expected to end up fleeing into Bangladesh or to the border area, in a desperate attempt to find a safe refuge. This has made it more hard to handle the plight of the increasing number of persecuted Rohingya.

At that time, the state government disclosed that they have not found any Rohingya involved in militancy-related incidents. The way they are killing and torturing one of the most persecuted minorities in the world is absolutely unacceptable.

Anisul Mostafa, 40, who fled with his family after the military destroyed his house, said of Suu Kyi: "We thought our distress would be over once she took power".

It's true that the generals maintain a grip on many parts of the state, and she needs them to govern.

Many global icons have condemned Madam Suu Kyi for the stance in the matter including, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever peace prize victor.

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"It is incongruous for a symbol of righteousness to lead such a country; it is adding to our pain", he said noting that "the images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread".

The situation in Myanmar, formerly Burma, regarding the Rohingya Muslim minority is deeply troubling.

In today's world of super social media with its propensity for fake and alternative news, disinformation is not the preserve of one group.

He added that United Nations support for deescalating the violence, ensuring the dispatch of humanitarian assistance to the people in need and finding a sustainable solution to the crisis is essential and the body must act immediately.

Chris Wattie / Reuters Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speak during a meeting in Trudeau's office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 7, 2017. "She's saying, 'I'm not a human rights activist".

Suu Kyi once said, "It is not power that corrupts, but fear".

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Shame Peace Nobel Winner Aung San Suu Kyi To Treat Rohingyas Humanely