As Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Deepens, Here’s How Aung San Suu Kyi Can Save Her Credibility
An independent commission chaired by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Kofi Annan made his last recommendations to the government of Myanmar on Thursday to alleviate ethnic and religious unrest in the western state of Rakhine.
The report, entitled Towards a peaceful, just and prosperous world for the people of Rakhine, manifested by the renewed fears of violence between the Rohingya and Rakhine Muslim communities.
The National League election leader Aung San Suu Kyi for Democracy (NLD) in late 2015 has been widely regarded as a blessing for democracy in a country oppressed by decades of military dictatorship. But the mandate of the Nobel Prize as councilman of State was marked by mortal conflicts in the western part of the country.
Following an attack by police posts by the aforementioned Rohingya activists in October, the Myanmar army launched counterterrorism operations in the city of Maungdaw in northern Rakhine state.
Repression has led to accusations that the army had committed atrocities against the estimated population of 1.1 million Rohingya, a stateless minority that has suffered decades of persecution.
After tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, bringing reports of violations and extrajudicial executions by the Myanmar army, UN Special Rapporteur Yang Hee Lee warned that the government “is trying to expel To the Rohingya population of the country. ”
On August 12, the army sent hundreds more troops to the state to strengthen efforts against the insurgency there, prompting thousands to flee across the border. Foreign Affairs Chairman of the US House Commission Ed Royce issued a statement saying Monday that the presence of troops “creates the grave risk of human rights.”
“The administration must clarify that to improve relations between the United States and Burma, Burma must protect the human rights of all its inhabitants,” he said.
The following recommendations of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission, created by Suu Kyi, are from the most comprehensive international study to date.
The Commission calls for “concerted action” by the government and all sectors of society, otherwise “we run the risk of returning another cycle of violence and radicalization, which will deepen the chronic poverty affecting the De Rakhine State “Annan said in a statement.
The state of Rakhine is one of the poorest in the country, with high rates of malnutrition and poor access to drinking water and sanitation.
The Commission recommends that the government invest heavily in infrastructure, such as roads, electricity, water and Internet access to help the two communities of poverty. It also calls for greater involvement of local communities in decision-making on development issues.