The world waited with bated breath for her late response to the Rohingya crisis, alas the best she could muster was an insipid speech in which she failed to condemn the military forces, and instead claimed that there had been “no conflicts since 5 September and no clearance operations” against the country’s Muslim minority.
Amnesty International called her speech a “mix of untruths and victim-blaming.”
Global criticism focussed on the Nobel Peace Prize winning State Counsellor of Myanmar who abandoned attending the UN General Assembly and instead, gave an international address from Myanmar.
Lest we forget, in May 2007 United Nations human rights experts joined their voices to urge Myanmar authorities to free Ms Suu Kyi stating that:
“As one of the world’s most acclaimed human rights defenders, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is a major political and spiritual leader of Myanmar, her tireless commitment to non-violence, truth and human rights has made her a worthy symbol through whom the plight of all people in Myanmar may be recognized.”
LETTER SENT on Thursday, 21 September 2017 TO THE EDITORS OF: The Mercury, Daily News, Independent on Saturday, The Witness, Mail & Guardian, The Citizen, The Star, The Times, Cape Times, Cape Argus, The New Age
Darul Ihsan Media Desk