The world used to see this woman as a symbol of peace and human rights.
Aung san suu kyi even won Nobel peace prize for her efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar.
Now she’s the civilian Leader And she’s fighting charges that the country, On her watch, has committed genocide.
It’s Hard to get your head round just what an incredible turnaround this is.
For nearly 20 years on and off Aung san suu kyi was kept under house arrest. Here in the city in yangon, by the military dictatorship.
Now though, She’s standing up for the same army. Which took away her freedom, And even trying to justify its actions to the world
This is what it’s accused of;
Targeting and killing Rohingya Muslim minority. UN Experts say Myanmar Army acted “genocidal intent’’. When in 2017, Troops force out more than 7,40,000 Rohinga Muslim These Refugees tell horrific story of rape and murder, And they’re still trapped in camps across the border in Bangladesh.
Then this happened;
This tiny West African Muslim country, The Gambia, Brought a case against Myanmar at the Unites Nation’s top court, The International court of Justice – ICJ.
It’s doing on behalf of dozens of other Muslims countries.
They want the court to issue an emergency ruling To protect to the rohingya from further harm, But Myanmar rejects all allegations of Genocide. The army, which holds enormous power, Insists it was only clearing out those it calls terrorist, And that really, the rohingya are “ illegal immigrant ’’
Suu kiy appears to agree For years, she’s denied that Myanmar has been persecuting The Rohingya.
She says, I don’t think there’s ethnic cleaning going on, Ethnic cleaning is too strong and expression to use for what’s happening.
Now she continuous to accuse the international community Of failing to understand trouble situation in rakhaine state.
She also says, We are the opinion that there are certain extremist elements, Who do not want peace in the Rakhine, So we are disappointed in the fact that the international community Has paid very little attention to the terrorist elements.
So why is aung san suu kyi, Now backing the army publicly?
Well some believe she sees it as her duty to defend her country, Even she does not have constitutional control over the military And let’s not forget that many in Myanmar,Which is a majority Buddhist country, Do not care about the Rohingya Muslims or, they outright despise them.
Being seen to give a patriotic defense of the country, In the face of so much international criticism.
Could boost Aung San Suu kyi’s popularity even more Ahead of next general Election in November 2020.
Justice for the Rohingya is still a long way off, And that’s because the ICJ has no way Of enforcing a ruling against Myanmar, And there’s no international police force To protect Rohingya from further abuse.
Neither Aung Sann Suu kyi nor the Generals Would automatically be arrested and put on trial, But it could lead to sanctions against Myanmar Damaging an economy, Only just finding its feet after military rule.
It could also give momentum to other ongoing legal cases Brought on behalf of the rohingya. This means for years to come against one of the worst crimes imaginable,
An international beacon of freedom, fairness and quality Who has fallen so far.