Aung San Suu Kyi today broke her silence on the violence in Rakhine state and the alleged human right violations ensued on Rohingya miniorities by the Burmese army. Suu Kyi in a national address said that most of the Rohingya Muslims haven’t fled the country and that the violence has ceased. She also said that she doesn’t fear international scrutiny of her government’s handling of the Rohingya situation.
More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country since 2012. The refugees have reported cases mass murders, systematic rapes, burning of villages and other human right violations in Rakhine state which prompted UN to call it a case of ‘ethnic cleansing’ on part of the army, backed by the Buddhist majoritarian government. All the claims were previously dismissed by Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.
The 1995 Nobel Peace prize laureate’s silence over this issue invited scrutiny from the international community with many questioning her stand on the issue.
In light of Suu Kyi’s comments, ACJ Newsline discusses various elements of the crisis and the important question: What next for the Rohingyas?