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Rohingya crisis: United Kingdom mounts pressure on Myanmar to act

Rohingya crisis: United Kingdom mounts pressure on Myanmar to act

But here we are again - feeling betrayed by our longings.

The Myanmar government led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed the commission's final report recommendations and officially said that it would implement them "within the shortest timeframe possible".

Her transformation from being a "champion of democracy" to "The Lady" (her sobriquet by her acolytes), who has created a powerful role for herself to fulfil a promise of being "above the president", exuding an air of superiority and unleashing a cult of personality as if she had a divine right to be "above" public scrutiny, is as breathtaking as it is soul-destroying for her erstwhile admirers in the West. We are still waiting to see flashes of lights in one of the darkest hours of our time.

"I think she cares about power", the Rohingya activist said. We used to assume that she reflected the rare combination of Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.

The Iranian foreign minister pointed to his January letter to the United Nations chief about the violence against the Rohingya Muslims and once again drew attention to the "alarming situation" of the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi is coming under increasing pressure to intervene in the Rohingya crisis.

Two years ago she and her party, the National League for Democracy, swept into power in the country's first truly democratic elections in a quarter of a century-but with a few caveats. The latest exodus is the result of an assault by the armed forces after a new militant group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, attacked government outposts, killing more than 100.

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According to a survey released this month by Myanmar Survey Research under the auspices of the US-based International Republican Institute (IRI), 38 percent of people surveyed in 15 states got most if not all of their news from the social media platform. This has made it more hard to handle the plight of the increasing number of persecuted Rohingya. Rohingyas are tormented both on account of their language (in fact, in Myanmar they are referred to as Bengalis) as also their Islamic faith. The underlying philosophy is that Hindu refugees have no other country to turn to, whereas adherents of other religions can be accommodated by many. But, in her recent interviews, she has mentioned that the army is dealing with terrorists who have attacked the military after whatever the country has done for them. I imagine they are still in shock at who she turned out to be when it mattered the most... and they have no words.

Aung San Suu Kyi is the country's civilian head, but she in not Commander-in-Chief of the military - a military that still has significant grips on the country's institutions, and complete control of all facets of defense, border control, and home affairs. After the massive killings of Rohingya Muslims, there was a brief and vague statement of UN Secretary General, who said, "The current situation underlines the urgency of seeking holistic approaches to addressing the complex root causes of violence".

The persecution of the Rohingyas has seldom ignited such a sense of despair around the world.

He added that United Nations support for deescalating the violence, ensuring the dispatch of humanitarian assistance to the people in need and finding a sustainable solution to the crisis is essential and the body must act immediately. Since the emergence of ARSA, Suu Kyi's government has hardened its position on the Rohingya plight, saying that extremist elements pose a security risk. Mr. Khader said that the Burmese population, especially Ms. Suu Kyi, should take a humanitarian view of the issue and help them.

"I believe that she is still highly popular among the majority of Myanmar citizens here. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it". It goes back to pre-colonial times, ' she added.

I happen to be one of those who have the greatest respect for the strength and fortitude displayed by her over the decades in her struggle against the military dictatorship.