Aung San Suu Ki is the current civilian leader of Myanmar, former Burma, after winning elections in 2015. Previously, Ms. Suu was under house arrest for her standing up against dictatorship in the country. Eventually, she was successful in liberating her people and was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for her decade-long struggle against dictatorship. She is a very popular figure in the country.
Ms. Suu studied politics, philosophy, and economics at St Hugh’s College from 1964 to 1967 and received her Honorary Degree from the University of Oxford in 2012.
Currently, Ms. Suu is under extreme International pressure, because of the issue of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. She failed to address the allegations of ethnic cleansing and did not blame the army. As a result, Oxford City’s council stripped her of the Freedom of Oxford Award. Moreover, St Hugh’s College, Oxford, also removed the portrait of Ms. Suu Ki with a Japanese painting.
There are 400,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh amid the crisis. Bangladeshis Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina renewed her call to Myanmar. “We have told Myanmar, they are your citizens, you must take them back, keep them safe, give them shelter”, at UN General Assembly in New York
UK Prime Minister Theresa May also said, “the military action in Rakhine had to stop”. The UK is suspending training courses for the Myanmar military in light of the violence.
Amnesty International said Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech was “little more than a mix of untruths and victim blaming”, and accused her of “burying her head in the sand” by ignoring the abuses by the army.
The Myanmar military accuses the militants and the Rohingyas of burning their own homes. But a BBC reporter saw one case of burning that appeared to contradict the official narrative and the UN human rights chief, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, has called on the military to “stop pretending” that Muslims are burning their own homes.
Speaking on 11 September, Mr. Zeid said the security operation in Myanmar seems “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
In addition to that, fellow Nobel Peace Laureates Malala Yousafzai, Dalai Lama, said to Ms. Suu, to do more to end the violence
In her defense, Aung San Suu Ki said she condemns, “all human rights violations and unlawful violence”, saying she felt “deeply for the suffering of all the people caught up in the conflict”.
She said she wanted to find out why so many people were fleeing, but also pointed out that many Muslims had chosen to stay in Rakhine. She said people verified as refugees would be able to return home.