Aung San Suu Kyi is synonymous with Myanmar.
One could not mention the country without mentioning the iconic figure and her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. The Nobel Peace Prize committee chairman called her “an outstanding example of the power of the powerless”.
Aung San Suu Kyi has even been compared to Nelson Mandela, another Nobel Peace Prize recipient. When Aung San Suu Kyi accepted her Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in June 2012, she said it was recognition “that the oppressed and the isolated in Burma were also part of the world, they were recognizing the oneness of humanity.”
In hindsight the committee’s description of Aung San Suu Kyi and her words now ring hollow for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingyan Muslims, who are fleeing Myanmar in droves.
The international community presumed she would uphold the values that came with having received such a prestigious award. But alas Aung San Suu Kyi has proven that she is unwilling to do so for Myanmar’s Rohingya therefore forsaking her humanitarian image, which she had so carefully molded over the years while held in captivity by the junta.
A true human rights activist would have spoken out against the atrocities facing her country’s people. But Aung San Suu Kyi had instead chosen to remain silent over the years. When she finally spoke up recently it was disheartening to say the least.
If one did not know any better it would seem that Aung San Suu Kyi is in a state of denial over events presently taking place in her country. Her first statement on the violence that has erupted in the Rakhine state is perplexing.
She asserted that “fake information was simply the tip of the iceberg of misinformation…” If Aung San Suu Kyi wants the “truth” to reveal itself then why are journalists and United Nation (UN) agencies barred from entering Myanmar to report and provide humanitarian aid respectively? Perhaps they could “correct” the world’s perception of what exactly is going on in the country.
It is for certain that trouble has been brewing in the Rakhine state for a long time now. Aung San Suu Kyi has continued to turn a blind eye to the matter, in fact even suggesting that “insurgents” are to be blame. She has proven unworthy to champion human rights. So many have died unnecessarily. This is the hypocrisy of Aung San Suu Kyi.