Aung San Suu Kyi tiptoes around Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim crisis

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Burmese politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a room of journalists at the International Media Conference in Yangon, Burma on March 9, 2014

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Burmese politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a room of journalists at the International Media Conference in Yangon, Burma on March 9, 2014

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a measured, political, some might say meaningless response to the Rohingya question at the International Media Conference in Yangon. Are political pressures tarnishing the legacy of this human rights icon?

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  • Atheist Max

    Where there is no separation of Church and State, there is no room for freedom and every sort of persecution by the state and others is permitted.

    The ONLY Godless Constitution in the world remains the US Constitution, even after more than 230 years since its founding.

    The USA expressly allows for the freedom of expression of all religions while supporting NONE.

    Every religious person in the USA should appreciate this.
    Instead, Evangelicals on the Religious Right want to turn us into something like Burma with enforced prayers and enforced Creationism taught in all schools.

    Let countries like Burma and Iran be reminders to Americans of what the founding fathers were denouncing!

  • Koko

    1) Your article is a big joke.

    2) Come and see how many mosques and churches are here.

    3) You can’t force people to be a Buddhist. Beat them to meditate?

    Therefore, you are also a joke!

  • Koko

    Compare Burma with IRAN.. There are mosques every neighborhood in Burma shouting with loud speakers everyday.

    What a joke comment too. Founding father of USA owned too many slaves and they are fighting for freedom?

  • If Mr Koko” is writing from Burma, who says mosques are “shouting” in every neighborhood, let me ask him how there can be so many mosques when only 5-10 percent of the population is Muslim? And how can you speak about Iran, have you lived there? You mention slaves among US founding fathers 235 years ago, but what about the slaves made every day among the Rohingya refugees that are taken prisoner by Thai and Malaysian pirates?

    But yes Muslims and Buddhists should be good neighbors and this requires work. It is possible both sides have been neglecting their duties. One of the duties of a good, practicing Muslim or Buddhist is to make peace, and not make enemies or cause suffering. In Burma/Myanmar today there are many cases of mob violence connected to government policy and to police refusal to help persecuted minorities like Rohingya. This fact is on film and proven by many witnesses.

    With Aung Suu Kyi, she is playing it safe politically but she can do much more to help indirectly to strengthen those who are working towards justice for all. When the authorities steal millions of acres from minority groups, and keep them in ghettos or miserable camps or makes them refugees, this is very far from Buddhism as it should be. This is far from a Burma to be proud of. Please stop making excuses for this wrong action. There must be a freedom struggle, like with Martin Luther King. We hope it will be peaceful and successful.

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