The Burmese repressive Military Junta has finally opened up to the world by embracing elements of democracy following a crippling international sanction and harassment. In 2010, it released its most famous political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, from long term house arrest.
I used to admire the woman for her courage and steadfastness in fighting for democracy. She even left her husband and young children behind in England so that she could be with “her people”. I must admit ,though, I found that sacrifice rather abnormal for a mother because I believe maternal instinct is a natural female attribute.
She was adulated around the world travelling here and there speaking in her clipped English and with that iconic shawl of hers. Everywhere she went there were standing ovation. Remember she was a winner for Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and most people thought she truly deserved it.
But alas, the world’s perception of her as a woman of peace has taken a beating lately when she totally refuses to condemn the majority Buddhists’ violence against the country’s minority Muslim Rohingyas. The latter constitutes only about 4% of Myanmar’s population.
Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to respond to questions asking her about her possible role to defuse the ethnic violence which saw hundreds of Rohingyas brutally slaughtered and thousands being displaced from their homes which were burnt down. Recently, she even refused to meet and engage with the visiting officials from OIC (Organisation of Islamic Countries) which is concerned with the fate of the minority Muslims and attempting to seek ways to resolve the ethnic strife.
Aung San Suu Kyi, now aged 68, has indicated that she would run for Myanmar’s presidency in 2015 and it looks like this old lady is determined to be the President comes what may and will certainly not sacrifice her craze-like ambition for Muslim Rohingyas’ dire predicament.
Take a look at this citation on her: (highlighting in turquoise is mine)
Quote from Wikipedia
Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. The decision of the Nobel Committee mentions:
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma) for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.
…Suu Kyi’s struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. She has become an important symbol in the struggle against oppression…
…In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to honour this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means.—Oslo, 14 October 1991
She obviously has disregarded the spirit of the august Prize among which is “striving to attain ethnic conciliation by peaceful means”
Her Nobel Peace Prize looks hollow to me.