Friday, September 21, 2012

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was asked about Rakhine violence

My question is who are the Rohinjia in Myanmar and why are they being prosecuted by the government.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: I think you should not use emotive words of a prosecution because what had happen in Rakhine was the violence, a communal violence. And there were crime committed by both communities. When you focus on one community suffered and you create further hatred.

I think we should look at it as coolly as possible. First thing to do is to defuse the situation there. It’s a think of it from the point of you a rule of law. And this is where your question who are they comes in. we have to look at it from the point of your rule of law in three different ways. First of all rule of law in the scene of handling crimes as it should be handle. That is a say when the crime is committed, action must be taken.

In accordance with the fact the justice must not only be done but seeing to be done. If such action was taken place in the case of first crime, that will settle the whole series of communal violence. Then I think we will not be in the situation we are today, that’s the first requirement to rule of law. But rule of law must always be linked to human rights, everybody’s human right as I said earlier. And then there is rule of law with regard to citizenship, we have citizenship laws in Burma.

And everybody in Burma must have the right of the citizen in line with the citizenship law. But we should go a step further and examine whether our citizenship law are in line with international standard. That is the second step. But to begin with, we have to make sure that everybody who is entitle to citizenship in Burma under the present laws are all given citizenship.

And the third aspect is the rule of law, which I think what helped the situation. It’s to make sure that there are no illegal crossings of the border. This has added to the problem. Bangladesh claimed that many Muslims come over from Burma. And they really do not belong to Bangladesh. And Burma claims that a lot of Muslims who are now in Burma are actually people who have come over illegally from Bangladesh. It is very difficult to approve whether assurance are right or wrong, because the border is so poorer and so badly ---.

So if we could take simple rule of law step to contain the situation, then we can go on the next stage of defusing the tension and bringing harmony between the two communities. It’s not going to be something that you can do over night. Communal tension has existed for decade, they erupted recently because of one crime that was committed and not handled properly. It focused on all the problems that had been existing between the two communities over the last decade. It all came to hate. That is the reason why I do not want to use accusative words. It’s because I want peoples just sit back think of ways of resolving the problems.

Accusation do not always defuse problem, do not always resolve problems. Sometime proper accusation should be made, but they should only be made after due examination of the evident. Rakhine where there are so many problems between Muslims and Buddhists, I would like to urge to do what they can to bring about reconciliation. I was asked about this yesterday and I made the point that condemnation does not necessarily bring about reconciliation. Sometimes on the contrary it put optical in the path of reconciliation. Which is why I do not want to use condemnatory expression? So I hope you understand.

Thanks you