Tag: Aung San Suu Kyi

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  • Gut-churning narrative

    Gut-churning narrative

    It is time for Aung San Suu Kyi to end her studied silence. Time also for her to appeal to the military to end the relentless repression of Rohingyas. That horrendous repression was graphically documented on Tuesday by the voice of the comity of nations, the UN Human Rights Council. The horrific accounts of murders, …

    September 21, 2018
  • Suu Kyi defends imprisonment of Reuters journalists

    Suu Kyi defends imprisonment of Reuters journalists

    During her speech at the forum, Suu Kyi admitted to the moderator that the government could have handled the Rakhine crisis better.

    September 13, 2018
  • Engage insurgents, unlock NE potential

    Engage insurgents, unlock NE potential

    India must consider a Panglong-type conference with insurgent groups in the North East to resolve outstanding issues, and ensure that the region becomes an effective counterweight in the region's strategic sphere.

    September 10, 2018
  • Myanmar in tatters

    Myanmar in tatters

    The seven-year jail sentence awarded to two Reuters journalists ~ Wa Lone (32) and Kyaw Soe Oo (28) ~ for covering the state-sponsored massacre of Rohingyas, most particularly the killing of ten Rohingyas by soldiers and Buddhist villagers at Inn Din in the state of Rakhine, signifies a travesty of justice and an unabashedly severe blow to the certitudes of press freedom.

    September 4, 2018
  • Why Rakhine state is important

    Why Rakhine state is important

    While the media spotlight on Rohingyas has primarily focused on religious persecution and ethnic cleansing, the strategic importance of Rakhine State of Myanmar needs to be articulated. Rakhine State, where the Rohingyas have lived predominantly since time immemorial, is considered resourceful, but politically fragile. As we know, military operations ignited an ethnic conflict that resulted …

    September 4, 2018
  • Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar ‘state secrets’ case

    Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar ‘state secrets’ case

    Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who have been held in Yangon's Insein prison since their arrest in December, were charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, a draconian British colonial-era law which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

    September 3, 2018
  • Genocide reaffirmed

    Genocide reaffirmed

    The United Nations has spoken and the world must listen. Never in recent years has the voice of the entity been so resounding as it was on Monday. Its intrepid presentation on the violence perpetrated by Myanmar’s security forces on the Rohingyas is a severe indictment of the country’s army chief and, albeit indirectly, of …

    August 29, 2018
  • Myanmar generals must be prosecuted for genocide: UN report

    Myanmar generals must be prosecuted for genocide: UN report

    The report - based on hundreds of interviews, research and analysis by a UN-mandated fact-finding mission - is the strongest condemnation by the UN.

    August 27, 2018
  • Suu Kyi gets dodgy

    Suu Kyi gets dodgy

    Aung San Suu Kyi has taken inordinately long to respond to the Rohingya crisis that confronts both Myanmar and Bangladesh. Sad to reflect, the response ~ articulated in Singapore but neither in Naypidaw nor in Dhaka ~ is rather feeble and therefore disappointing. In the net, she was anxious to ensure that her government plays …

    August 24, 2018
  • Diplomatic, selective

    Diplomatic, selective

    From Iran to Myanmar, the United States of America has effected a stern tightening of the economic screws. After a bout of unsplendid isolation during the long years of Aung San Suu Kyi’s incarceration, the authorities in Naypidaw, albeit “elected”, will have to contend with the latest cache of sanctions that were imposed last Friday. …

    August 20, 2018
  • Sushma Swaraj meets Myanmar State Counsellor Suu Kyi

    Sushma Swaraj meets Myanmar State Counsellor Suu Kyi

    Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met Myanmar State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and discussed issues of bilateral interest. “Discussion focused on strengthening our bilateral relations across different sectors,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Thursday on a two-day visit and …

    May 11, 2018
  • Shambolic repatriation

    Shambolic repatriation

    The very least that the Rohingyas deserved in their moment of relentless privation was the bilateral kerfuffle between Myanmar and Bangladesh over Naypidaw’s orchestrated repatriation of the first batch of refugees from nearly 700,000 who fled the crackdown ~ “ethnic cleansing” in the reckoning of the United Nations ~ last year. It is imperative for …

    April 19, 2018
  • The human pen

    The human pen

    Paradoxically enough, Aung San Suu Kyi has reinforced her authority with the selection of a longtime loyalist, Win Myint, as Myanmar’s new President. Small wonder he has almost immediately been debunked as the “official conduit and human pen” for her authority. She remains the power behind the presidential throne, which at best symbolises a facade …

    April 2, 2018
  • Suu Kyi’s close aide elected new Myanmar President

    Suu Kyi’s close aide elected new Myanmar President

    Myanmar’s Parliament on Wednesday elected Win Myint, a close aide of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and former Speaker of the lower house, as the country’s next President, a week after the resignation of his predecessor. Win Myint, 66, has been the Speaker since 2012 and was widely tipped for the top job. However, …

    March 28, 2018
  • Aung San Suu Kyi cancels rare public appearance in Australia

    Aung San Suu Kyi cancels rare public appearance in Australia

    Myanmar State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi cancelled a rare public appearance in Australia due to ill health, hours after meeting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Suu Kyi was due to speak at Sydney’s Lowy Institute on Tuesday but the think-tank in a statement on Monday said she had been forced to …

    March 19, 2018
  • Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award

    Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award

    The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has stripped Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a human rights award over the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslim minority, the media reported. On Wednesday, the Museum announced that it was rescinding Suu Kyi’s Elie Wiesel Award, which they presented to her in 2012, reports CNN. In …

    March 8, 2018
  • Is there hope for the Rohingya?

    Is there hope for the Rohingya?

    As the Rohingya crisis enters its seventh month, chances of it ending in a peaceful manner are quickly evaporating. Even staunch believers in what the UN Secretary-General António Guterres offered as a solution – “a safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of refugees to their areas of origin or choice” – are not so sure …

    March 8, 2018