Suu Kyi's stirring Nobel speech seems less credible five years on

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi gives a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (not pictured) in Brussels, Belgium May 2, 2017.

As a leader who was once awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he said Suu Kyi should no longer remain silent. Aung San Suu Kyi will not stand up for the Rohingya because doing so will likely remove her from the process she has fought for decades to be included in and continues to fight so hard to transform.

There are petitions online calling for Ms Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel.

The stateless Rohingya are seen by the Buddhist majority and the government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, as little more than trespassers in the country.

The government has claimed that 400 people have been killed in the clashes, but United Nations officials have estimated that the death toll could be more than 1,000. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described the violence as being on the verge of ethnic cleansing.

While the worldwide community has criticised the entire Myanmar government, the de facto leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been singled out.

"As Burma's de facto ruler, Suu Kyi bears ultimate responsibility for this grotesque over-reaction".

Furthermore, comments by a Dolly Lun Pum on the reports "What does the Rohingya crisis look like in Myanmar newspapers?" and "Turkish First Lady visits Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar" say that reports of abuses by the military against the Rohingya "are fuelled by Muslim extremists and the media" and that Bangali's led by ARSA terrorists are trying to invade the Rakhine state.

According to the United Nations, up to 300,000 Rohingya could be displaced in Bangladesh due to "clearance operations" carried out by the Tatmadaw, Myanmar's armed forces.

Duterte said that China and Russian Federation are the only countries who believe in him and do not bring up the issue of human rights abuses in the country. Rather, she blamed worldwide aid groups and complained about "a huge iceberg of misinformation" aiming to help "the terrorists" - presumably meaning the Rohingya.

Citing her decision in December 2011 to abide by Myanmar's constitution, which provides the army a "right to take over all powers of government whenever they feel it's necessary", Popham labelled her situation "desperate" in an opinion piece published by The Independent on September 8. "Our resources are not as complete and adequate as we would like them to be but still, we try our best and we want to make sure that everyone is entitled to the protection of the law". The epitome of moral courage, she never wavered from her democratic principles and became a hero to many in her country and around the world.

The Rohingya conundrum has two important dimensions - the worldwide community's approach and that of the government in Myanmar. "It is like living in a prison". Most are denied the right to work and other benefits of citizenship.

The damage shown in the satellite imagery is concentrated in two areas near the center of town, immediately north and east of Maungdaw prison, which are primarily inhabited by Rohingya Muslims.

As if this Islamic hypocrisy wasn't enough, Turkey, perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide, said Myanmar's actions amount to "genocide" against the Rohingya.

Around the world, Suu Kyi is revered as an advocate for human rights. The damning question now is whether the erstwhile heroine considers the Rohingya less deserving of those rights.

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