Myanmar`s San Suu Kyi should help address Rohingya issue: Expert

Myanmar`s San Suu Kyi should help address Rohingya issue: Expert

Aung San Suu Kyi. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

This is the time to question the moral legitimacy of the Nobel laureate for peace ..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - As a prominent politician in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi should play an active role in addressing the problem of the Rohingya refugees, Director of Indonesian National Policy Studies (CINAPS) Guspiabri Sumowigeno said.

San Suu Kyi is world-renowned as an activist for human rights and democracy. So she should also help address the issue of Rohingyas migrating from her country, he stated here on Friday.

The final solution for the refugee crisis lies in the hands of Myanmar because the Rohingya minority community tried to escape from their own country due to political, social and economic discrimination.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been a recipient of a Noble Prize, has strong influence in her country and has potential to help resolve the problem.

However, she has kept her distance from the issue so far, and this stance should be questioned by all parties, Sumowigeno remarked.

"Aung San Suu Kyi is known for being reluctant to push for improvements in political policies related to the Rohingya minority community living in Rakhine state in Myanmar," he pointed out.

Her silence is deplorable, and her fight for democracy and human rights could be a political cover-up, Sumowigeno noted.

Myanmar needs political change to resolve the Rohingya problem, he added.

"This is the time to question the moral legitimacy of the Nobel laureate for peace and of all members of the jury that picked her," he stated.

The stance of the Myanmar government refusing to grant citizenship status to the Rohingya Muslims will affect the way Indonesians see the country.

"If they dont want to recognize them as their citizens, they should let them have the state where they have lived for centuries as an independent country," he suggested.
(Uu.F001/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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