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Suu Kyi’s denials fool no one

  • Published at 12:03 am December 13th, 2019
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Clearly, Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner, has lost her moral high-ground

Aug San Suu Kyi had an answer for everything when she was grilled at The Hague, but none of her answers are convincing, and it is clear as ever that the Myanmar military did indeed carry out brutal ethnic cleansing operations against the Rohingya population.

Clearly, Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner and a once-venerated global icon, has lost her moral high-ground, and there is a lot she now has to atone for.

One of the most glaring untruths was her claim that efforts were underway to repatriate the displaced Rohingya. Surely, if this were the case, there would be a plausible guarantee of Rohingya rights being safeguarded back in Myanmar. This would have to include full citizenship, the right to work, to study, or to travel freely, and most importantly, some sort of reparations must be made for the terrible suffering they have already been made to endure.

And yet, these guarantees are not in place, so it is clear that the offer for repatriation, as it currently stands, is insincere, and it is hard to imagine that Suu Kyi is not complicit in the matter. 

As for the attacks on Rohingya communities by military personnel, Suu Kyi had no better reply than to simply rehash the argument that it was Rohingya groups which attacked the army, causing the army to respond with force.

However, to anyone who has seen the scale of the crisis, this defense rings false, as nearly a million people have fled to Bangladesh following the crackdown, and there is plenty of evidence that the violence that took place on the Myanmar army’s part was not self-defense, but something with a larger agenda.

But it is good that at long last, Aung San Suu Kyi has taken the stand at The Hague, and it is now up to the International Court of Justice to look at the facts, and make the right decision on what may be the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.