Human Rights Watch slams NLD
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 4, 2013 3:41 AM Last Post By: martin010
Feb 2, 2013 5:56 AM
Human Rights Watch slams NLDRespect Minority Rights: The Case of Burma
The problem of unbridled majority rule is not limited to the Arab world. In the past year, the most vivid demonstration of the problem could be found in Burma, a long-entrenched military dictatorship that is giving way at a surprising pace to at least signs of limited democracy. Many of the outstanding issues concern the military: Will it give up its constitutionally guaranteed quarter of the seats in parliament? Will it countenance civilian oversight of its conduct and business interests? Will it release all political prisoners still languishing in prison and permit unfettered competition in the 2015 elections? The leading opposition political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is understandably preoccupied with these questions of power and political rights.
"But the NLD has been disappointing in its reluctance to look beyond a quest for power to secure the rights of less popular, more marginal ethnic groups. For example, it has not pressed the military to curtail, let alone prosecute, war crimes being committed against the ethnic Kachin population as part of continuing counterinsurgency operations in the north. Most dramatically, the NLD has refused to speak out against severe and violent persecution of the Muslim Rohingya in the west, many of whom are stateless as a result of a discriminatory nationality law, despite coming from families who have lived in Burma for generations. Suu Kyi has disappointed an otherwise admiring global audience by failing to stand up for a minority against whom many Burmese harbor deep prejudice.
Western sanctions played a key role in convincing the Burmese military that, without reform, it would never match the economic development of its Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) neighbors (let alone escape economic dependence on China). However, European nations and the United States rushed to suspend sanctions and to undertake high-profile visits to Burma before genuine reforms—including protections for persecuted minorities—were implemented, losing considerable leverage in the process to protect minority and other rights."
Maybe some tourists should think twice before visiting the NLD headquarters and admiring Aung San Suu Kyi like she is some kind of goddess
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Feb 4, 2013 12:51 AM
5Do you think Aung San Suu Kyi is super woman? All she went through is bcoz she urging for non-violent and peaceful protest. But this Muslim immigrant act violently.
As well as for Kachin state. She urged both parties to stop shooting. But KIA did not stopped causing the war continuously and civilian are suffering. Do you think KIA fight for their Kachin or they fighting for themselves? so that they could sold their resourceful land to China. She did her best to go and negotiate both parties.
She has many other better things to handle for majority as well.
Even if she is doing nothing now and live rest of her life normal as a mother, no one should blame or criticized her.
Remember she is human being and merely a woman.
She has chosen the path by scarifying so much. Why everything has to be her?
She was silent because violence was cause by both. She wouldn't get side with any one who cause violent.
Instead, I believe she would try her best to improve the country situation.
This is a time to make the country better. Not time to blame, create hatred, and asking for separation.
Feb 4, 2013 3:41 AM
6"She was silent because violence was cause by both. She wouldn't get side with any one who cause violent."
The Tatmadaw has started its military offensive against the the KIA in June 2011. Now in 2013 they still continue to advance and attack KIA positions almost anywhere in Kachin-State and Northern Shan-State. All the KIA does is defend its territory. The Tatmadaw is using airplanes, helicopters and chemical weapons. They also kill civilians, burn Kachin villages and block aid for refugees. The case is quite clear, the KIA acts in self-defense while the Tatmadaw is leading a military offensive not just against KIA troops but also against Kachin civilians. Why do you think over 100.000 Kachin have fled from advancing government troops? The reason is they know if they don´t run away they risk getting robbed, shot, raped or abused in other ways.
To say that the KIA is at fault for defending itself is simply stupid.
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