Daniel Halliday
Sep 28 · Last update 15 days ago.

Has Aung San Suu Kyi failed as a humanitarian?

Ang San Suu Kyi was once hailed as a champion for democracy in her country, suffering under countless years of house arrest in the struggle against the military government, but has eventually become the county’s leader in 2016. During her time advocating for democracy and an end to military rule in her country Suu Kyi was awarded numerous prizes for her nonviolent resistance efforts, including a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. However she has come under heavy criticism since taking office due to her silence surrounding humanitarian and human rights issues in the country. As a politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner has Aung San Suu Kyi failed in her conduct as State Counsellor of Myanmar?
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The international community have failed in there depiction of her
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The international community have failed in there depiction of her

Aung San Suu Kyi’s failing to recognise the massacres and genocide in Rakhine State has done more than display her true nature or undermine her career or legacy, it also underlines a common failure in the media and the international community at large. Aung San Suu Kyi’s story became an oversimplification through the distorted lens of the international media, governments and organisations, twisting the situation in Myanmar into another basic good versus evil narrative. It seems that Suu Kyi’s place in Myanmar’s history is in fact much more nuanced and personal ambitions to fulfil her father legacy may have been an equal inspiration for her campaign against the military government. However following a break in silence on the issue it is clear that Suu Kyi’s position on the on-going genocide is one of rejection of the reality of the situation, and in reality it seems that her position is much complex than the international community led themselves to believe.

theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/23/aung-san-suu-kyi-fall-from-grace-myanmar theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/20/fact-check-aung-san-suu-kyi-rohingya-crisis-speech-myanmar

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