BANGKOK (AP) — When Myanmar 's Aung San Suu Kyi walked into the International Court of Justice last month, she gambled the remaining shreds of her hard-won international reputation on a rebuttal of...FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, receives a final report from Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo, a member of the Independent Commission of Enquiry for Rakhine State, at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. When Suu Kyi walked into the International Court of Justice in December, 2019, she gambled the remaining shreds of her hard-won international reputation on a rebuttal of accusations that her country's military committed genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File) BANGKOK (AP) — When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi walked into the International Court of Justice last month, she gambled the remaining shreds of her hard-won international reputation on a rebuttal of accusations that her country’s military committed genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims. The court was not persuaded. This past week, it ordered Myanmar to take all possible measures to prevent genocide against the Rohingya. Suu Kyi’s willingness to defend human rights abuses on the global stage was a move more likely aimed at burnishing her nationalist credential at home rather than swaying the court. For her former admirers, Suu Kyi’s defense only underlined her responsibility for failing to at least speak out in defense of the Rohingya. “With this ICJ ruling, she has suffered a spectacular fall from grace,” said Bill Richardson, a former U.S. congressman and U.N. ambassador. “She has gone from a Nobel Prize champion of democracy to just another dictator wanting to maintain her power by defending military repression, genocide, and the banishment of the Rohingya.” After taking the helm of Myanmar’s nascent pro-democracy movement in 1988, Suu Kyi’s brave defiance of military rule, at high personal cost, made her the object of worldwide adulation. She won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, cited for being “one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades.” When her nonviolent struggle finally paid off in 2015 with a smashing election victory by her National League for Democracy party, there was optimism that Myanmar had finally turned a corner after decades of military rule. Former President Barack Obama commended Suu Kyi for “her tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years to promote a more inclusive, peaceful, and democratic” Myanmar. Then came the crackdown. In 2017, Myanmar security forces launched a counterinsurgency operation in western Rakhine state that, compelling evidence shows, involved mass rape, killings and the burning of entire villages. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh, reluctant to return until their basic rights including citizenship are guaranteed. As the magnitude of the Rohingya tragedy emerged, 1984 Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu felt compelled to appeal to Suu Kyi. “My dear sister: If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep,” the South African wrote in an open letter. “We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people. We pray for you to intervene,” he wrote. Richardson is less diplomatic in expressing his dismay. He had accepted Suu Kyi’s invitation to join an advisory board on the Rakhine crisis. But in early 2018, when he suggested to Suu Kyi that two Reuters reporters arrested for exposing abuse by the security forces be released, she reacted furiously. Disillusioned, he quit the board. “I could see the reformer and former champion of democracy ... turning into a power-loving and entrenched leader,” he said. “She was becoming an apologist for the military so she could hold onto her power and get reelected. She simply could not tolerate any dissent, even from her longtime friends and supporters like myself.” Myanmar’s government spokesman Zaw Htay rejected multiple phone calls Saturday seeking comment on the criticism. Ahead of this week’s court ruling, Suu Kyi wrote an op-ed in the Financial Times newspaper in which she said “international condemnation” had a “negative effect” on efforts to make progress in Rakhine. “It has undermined painstaking domestic efforts to establish co-operation between the military and the civilian government,” she wrote. “It hampers our ability to lay the foundation for sustainable development in a very diverse country.” Political realities play an important role in Suu Kyi’s position. Despite her party’s landslide election victory, the military retains huge influence in government due to clauses it inserted in the constitution. She has no direct control over the security forces. To exercise real power, her party must mobilize popular and electoral support. After she led her country’s delegation at the initial hearings last month at the International Court of Justice, she returned to Myanmar to cheering crowds lining the streets. “Undoubtedly, ahead of an election year, her decision to personally defend the case, making it about her, and using it as an opportunity to whip up nationalism, has boosted her public support ahead of an election year,” wrote Burma Campaign UK, a lobbying group that had been her ally against military rule. There’s also a more personal aspect to Suu Kyi’s predicament, some expert say. Her father, Gen. Aung San, was the country’s independence hero. She was only 2 years old when he was assassinated by political rivals in 1947, a year before freedom from Britain. “Although she talks a lot about democracy, I think she has a more messianic concept of her present and future role, based on her father’s reputation,” David Steinberg, a professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, said in an email interview last month. Suu Kyi entered Myanmar’s politics in 1988, when she returned from a life spent mostly abroad to nurse her dying mother. She became swept up in a popular revolt against military rule, and shot to fame as her father’s daughter with a speech to hundreds of thousands of people. “Her moral authority in Myanmar is predicated on the aura of her father and what he represents, and in the fact that she came in to ‘save the country’ in 1988 and endured so many years under house arrest,” said Jane Ferguson, a senior lecturer in anthropology at The Australian National University. Asked once in a BBC interview about her reputation as a saintly figure, Suu Kyi replied: “I am just a politician. I am not quite like Margaret Thatcher, no, but on the other hand, I am no Mother Teresa either. I have never said that I was. Mahatma Gandhi, actually, was a very astute politician.” AP NEWS Read more: The Associated Press
Don't give her the credit of having a halo. She lost that some time ago. Mars, not dents, or better yet, eclipses. It’s genocide. Must be hang like Saddam . She's a murderer. All this while, you've been busy cropping and erasing people in your stories to fit your lopsided monologue. It didn't take so long until your bubble was bursted by a Ugandan Climate activist. From now on, we will not trust your images, we will call you ' the Cropper'
Wife is Burmese. Used to revere Suu Kyi, hates her now. Caller it She has blood on her hands, and lots of it. An enabler of genocide who deserves no recognition by any government of the civilized world. Why did you crop out Nakate from the photo with other climate change activists? Is the black race not fit enough by your standards to fight for the cause?
The Burmese do not allow islamic terrorists into Burma and will not permit muslim separatism. ASSK is Burmese. She is still the same person the snowflakes said they revered. ICJ must award her & her accompalices capital punishment. Bull Shit
The UN’s highest court orders Myanmar to protect the RohingyaThe first international court ruling against Myanmar is a stark rebuke to Aung San Suu Kyi , the country's de facto leader first they shower her with awards, not they rebuke her... the damned 'West.' Yeah? And who's going to enforce the court's verdict if they don't? How's the UN's 'highest court' not just an elaborate LARP? un BBCWorld AJEnglish business DailyMirror thehill What ever happened to the blue helmets? 🤔
This is a racist media outlet and that's all we know right now And this is new news because.......? I'd say it's not the accusations of genocide against her military that dents the halo but her steadfast denial of said genocide in order to defend her military. Wouldn't you agree? Aung San Suu Kyi should be stripped of Nobel Price.
'A great victory for the Rohingya': U.N. court orders Myanmar to prevent genocideThe United Nations ’ top court has ordered Myanmar to take emergency measures to protect Rohingya Muslims from violence, also saying that Myanmar must preserve evidence of genocide against the Rohingya. And if they don't, then what? A strongly worded letter in their permanent file When was the last time the UN took a stand against violence against Christian minorities around the world? Uh never? JusAskinQs why don't you have anything to say about Nigerian Christians being murdered, or is that because you don't care if Christians are killed around the world? Of course it is.
Top UN court rules that Myanmar must prevent genocide of Rohingya minorityThe International Court of Justice has ruled that Myanmar must take all measures possible to prevent the genocide of the Rohingya, welcomed by human rights' activists. Prevent genocide? They've already committed genocide on the Rohingyas. Who will be help criminally responsible? Shame on you AungSanSuuKyi Will that really stop Myanmar to continue their slaughter.
Myanmar ordered to prevent genocide against Rohingya by top UN courtIn a landmark case, the top court of the UN orders Myanmar to prevent acts of genocide against the country's persecuted Rohingya minority and to stop destroying evidence These things still happen in 2020. would the UK court have any jurisdiction in Myanmar? UN is nothing it's not an impartial organization it is dependent on the Capitalist USA and it Regine change killing machine
For child survivors, drawing is therapy—and a tool of justiceFrom the trials of Nazis to the genocide in Darfur, children’s sketches have provided vital evidence wienerlibrary Elfelejtették, mikor csak menni kellett a banánért, mert a Természet javai ingyen voltak, vannak, lesznek?Az egész közgazdaság a zsebek kutatásával foglalkozik, hogy az ingyen javakból, ki mennyit húzott le:?!!!Idáig jutott el a Világ, pár tízezer év alatt?!!!Szenny?!!! wienerlibrary really we are STILL going on about the holocaust STILL - give it up and lets tell the truth 😢
U.S. showing 'many' genocide warning signs under Trump, expert says: 'I am very, very worried'Academic Brynn Tannehill said that the U.S. does not exhibit some of the key signs of pre-genocide society, but that the country's political trend is deeply concerning. It is very irresponsible to post something like this. Sad to see such bias from a once great media outlet The media are unhinged democrats ever since Trump beat Hillary. Let wing media is going too far. You could kind of see it coming on election night, 2016. The reactions, nervous breakdowns on national TV from people like Rachel Maddow, crying etc. Newsweek is a joke.