Myanmar/Burma: Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize under pressure

Although Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, she tries to legalize apartheid in Myanmar and to stifle criticism against serious human rights violations at the Rohingya on an international level. Illustration: Orsetta Cavallari and Ilaria Cimino for STP

by Ilaria Cimino and Ulrich Delius

These days, tens of thousands of people in the capital cities of Southeast Asia are taking part in demonstrations against crimes committed by the Burmese military in Burma (Myanmar) against the Muslim Rohingya minority. With an unprecedented wave of assaults on unarmed Rohingya civilians, the armed forces had responded to mysterious armed raids on three border posts on October 9, 2016. Since then, many Rohingya in the north of Rakhine state in Burma are living in fear of torture, rape, murder, abduction, and arbitrary destruction of their houses. Hundreds of them have already lost their lives – and more than 35,000 have fled since the outbreak of violence.

Due to the public protests, the democratically elected government of Burma (under Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi) is under increasing pressure to react to the violence at last. Thus, Burma’s neighboring countries are now demanding an end to the crimes and calling for an independent investigation. Above all, however, Burma’s government must finally work out a political solution to the Rohingya issue, to ensure that the world’s most persecuted minority can live in peace and dignity at last.

Click on the slideshow and learn more about the background and the relationship between Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya. You can also download the slideshow as an infographic here: The Rohingya and "the Lady"

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