Suu Kyi’s Silence on Rohingya Draws Rare Criticism

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives home in Rangoon on June 30 after her European tour. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives home in Rangoon on June 30 after her European tour. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

BANGKOK—She is known as the voice of Burma’s downtrodden but there is one oppressed group that Aung San Suu Kyi does not want to discuss.

For weeks, Suu Kyi has dodged questions on the plight of a Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, prompting rare criticism of the woman whose struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma have earned her a Nobel Peace Prize, and adoration worldwide.

Human rights groups have expressed disappointment, noting that the United Nations has referred to the Rohingya—widely reviled by the Buddhist majority in Burma—as among the most persecuted people on Earth. They say Suu Kyi could play a crucial role in easing the hatred in Myanmar and in making the world pay more attention to the Rohingya.

Analysts and activists say that Suu Kyi’s stance marks a new phase in her career—The former political prisoner is now a more calculating politician who is choosing her causes carefully.

“Politically, Aung San Suu Kyi has absolutely nothing to gain from opening her mouth on this,” said Maung Zarni, a Burma expert and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. “She is no longer a political dissident trying to stick to her principles. She’s a politician and her eyes are fixed on the prize, which is the 2015 majority Buddhist vote.”

The Rohingya have been denied citizenship even though many of their families have lived in Burma for generations. The UN estimates that 800,000 Rohingya live in Burma where they face heavy-handed restrictions—They need permission to marry, have more than two children and travel outside of their villages.

Burma considers the Rohingya to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh but Bangladesh also rejects them, rendering them stateless.

Long-standing resentment between the Muslim Rohingya and Arakanese Buddhists erupted in bloody fury in western Arakan (Rakhine) state in June. They attacked each other with spears and machetes and went on rampages burning homes and razing entire villages. Human Rights Watch estimates that 100,000 people were displaced by the fighting and says the government’s tally of 78 dead is “undoubtedly conservative.”

Rights groups allege the government did little to stop the violence initially and then turned its security forces on the Rohingya with targeted killings, rapes, mass arrests and torture.

Most of the global outrage has come from the Muslim world. Saudi Arabia has accused Burma of launching an “ethnic cleansing campaign” and King Abdullah announced on Saturday he would donate US $50 million in aid to the Rohingya in Burma. Islamic hardliners in Indonesia and Pakistan have threatened attacks against the Burmese government.

The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned the violence at a summit this week and said it will present its concerns to the upcoming UN General Assembly.

But the outrage stops at Burma’s borders. A tide of nationalist sentiment against the Rohingya has put Suu Kyi in a no-win situation.

Speaking up for the Rohingya would risk alienating Burma’s Buddhist majority and angering the government at a time when Suu Kyi and her opposition party are trying to consolidate political gains attained after they entered Parliament for the first time in April.

By not speaking up, she has offended some of her staunchest supporters in the international community—the very groups who lobbied tirelessly for her freedom during 15 years of house arrest. Yet many are cautious about directly criticizing Suu Kyi, who is hailed as a human rights superhero and often called the Gandhi of this generation.

Phil Robertson, of Human Rights Watch, called it “unfortunate” that Suu Kyi did not confront the issue during her triumphant tour of Europe in June, shortly after the violence occurred.

At news conferences in Geneva, Dublin and Paris, Suu Kyi dodged journalists’ questions about the Rohingya by giving vague, scripted answers about a need for “rule of law” in Burma, officially now called Myanmar.

“The root of the problem is lack of rule of law,” Suu Kyi said in Dublin, seated beside the rock star Bono at a news conference.

Asked if the Rohingya should be granted Burmese citizenship, the Oxford-educated Suu Kyi replied: “I don’t know.”

Canadian-based academic Abid Bahar, a Bangladesh-born expert on Burma’s different communities, said he was “shocked” by Suu Kyi’s failure to take a more principled stand.

“As a Nobel Peace Prize winner she has a big role to play, to work as a conscience for humanity, which she has ignored,” Bahar said. “I thought she was the only person the Rohingya could depend on.”

President Thein Sein’s popularity at home has surged since the June crackdown, analysts say. Many in Burma rallied behind his proposal in July to send all of Burma’s Rohingya to any country “willing to take them,” a suggestion quickly shot down by the UN refugee agency.

“This is an unexpected difficulty that we have faced in our march to democracy,” Thein Sein said in an interview with Voice of America broadcast this week. He denied accusations of genocide from Muslim countries, saying that images posted online showing piles of bodies were “fabrications” and from “incidents that happened in other countries, not here.”

Thein Sein has won widespread praise for introducing a wave of reforms since taking office last year, following decades of repressive rule. But the United Nations and others say the violence in Arakan State shows Burma still has a long way to go, and needs to place human rights at the top of its reforms.

“The situation in Arakan State is giving the so-called new Burma a black eye—in the eyes of the international community,” said Robertson of Human Rights Watch.

“As a political leader with moral authority, Suu Kyi should take this on,” he said. “No one is saying she can dictate policy to the government, but if she speaks out everyone will pay attention.”


76 Responses to Suu Kyi’s Silence on Rohingya Draws Rare Criticism

  1. DASSK is very wise leader.Daw Suu,please keep tight lip on this issue.Silence is gold for you and all of us.I support 100% on your silence.

    • A Burmese Freedom Fighter

      Re: Khin
      I entirely agree with your comment as to the point of DASSK is very wise leader.
      Remember, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is not silent on the communal riots at all. She has carefully and pragmatically voiced her opinion during her trip in Europe; I recall her repetition of the need to the Rule of Law within Burma to solve our national crisis once and for all. Let’s try to listen to her for the bigger picture of how Burma would look when the rule of law is in place in Burma, flourishing the genuine democracy and human rights under the federal system, in which each and every one of Burmese citizen can get involved in and hold up on it.

  2. if she speaks out, she will fall from grace and people support to no support. Without support of people, she will become ordinary voice and not the voice of hope. Ordinary voice and not the voice of hope lead to nobody listening to her sooner.

    To point out:
    The dispute between red and blue in US still has unresolved issue of illegal immigrant which the current administration trying to capitalize for election season.

    • A Burmese Freedom Fighter

      RE: ilovetrue;
      This is the true:
      Most media these days not have anything to write better than just the repeated biased story of communal riots, in which the coverage of the issues in their publications omits the suffering of the Rakhine and only highlights the suffering of illegal Bengali Rohingya day after day, on and on and on and on.

      I wonder when they would stop! I am so disappointed to see media to be in what I see is becoming one of the political opportunists emerging from the communal riots between illegal Bengali immigrants and the Rakhine of our Burma ethnic.

      To all Media, Please don’t do an easy shoot just to get profits out of the publication and portrait themselves as a moderate news agency in the eye of International NGOs by letting the whole Burma down as a segregated society in favor of the Muslim illegal Bengali. Be a good news agency and try to cover balanced news, putting more efforts on getting the facts from both sides of the controversial story rather than covering only one sided, partial story, especially when issues are very controversial such as communal riots.

      I haven’t had any sense of any logistic, rational, and real human side of the Media for about 2 months due to its lack of sense of feeling and sluggishness to what actually taking place on the ground zero of communal violence in Rakhine state of Burma.
      Most news agency rarely include in its coverage of any Burmese organizations, which will talk about the other side of the story of what Rakhines have to say what they have been going through within their own country. In the mean time Media has never failed to cover any Burmese political opportunists who frequently and shamelessly call all the Burmese to be racists for their expression of the opinion on the issues. Those political opportunists which Media has made a big deal of covering include Min Zin, Zarni and others.

      It is well known to each and every one of the observers of Burma that the recent communal violence in Rakhine state of Burma is a political minefield for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi , drawing her into these lose-lose situations of the reality of Burma politic.

      Media news along with the self-righteousness INGOs and Muslim brotherhood organization are knowingly and actively making sure for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to get into that filthy trap of political minefield set up strategically by the hardliners within the reformist government, helping current military hardliners to kill Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s prestigious image.

      After all, she carefully and pragmatically voiced her opinion during her trip in Europe: the need to the Rule of Law within Burma to solve our national crisis once and for all. Let’s try to listen to her for the bigger picture of how Burma would look when the rule of law is in place in Burma, flourishing the genuine democracy and human rights under the federal system, in which each and every one of Burmese citizen can get involved in and hold up on it.

      All I am asking Media today is to be professional in its journalism by covering all the different corner and all the angel of the story rather than one sided story of controversial issue that can make the whole ship of ethics in journalism sink into its own grave yard.

      Remember, only the rule of law, which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly and relentlessly fought for, is the necessary instrument in making a foundation of everlasting Democracy and Human Rights in Burma.

      A Burmese Freedom Fighter

  3. If the Burmese government has restriction on Rohingyas for marriage, how can their population explode so quickly? I do not understand this kind of accusation against the Burmese government. Maybe, I am wrong. Maybe, there are thousands of new Bengali people crossing the border into Arakan.

  4. Come on people! Suu Kyi is not stupid. Even the United States does not provide social services/ human services to the illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants cannot enroll at schools, illegal immigrants cannot apply for foodstamps or medicaid in the USA. Why blame Myanmar for this? Human rights issue and defending terrorists are different things. Rohingyas are intruders and terrorists to ethnic Arakanese on their own land. If Suu Kyi steps in to protect these illegal immigrants, we all will abandon her and her party.

  5. Whatever the criticism or whoever is doing the criticizing Daw Suu for being silent on the Rohingya issue, I am of the opinion that she is right for being silent on this issue. Why should she shoved her hand into the mess when there’s no way of getting to the truth first.

  6. Human Right Watch’s biased report which is based only upon the rights of the illegal migrants from Bangladesh (Rohingyas) and totally ignored suffering of the native (Rakhine).

    I don’t think Mr. Robertson from HRW would host two homeless persons from New York city, who would not want to leave once set foot in his house.

    If he is OK to host two homeless people and their extended families in his house for life, Burma should keep all Rohingyas.

  7. BURMA can treat as humanity to Illegal Migrants Bangali/Rohigya. But around the world, such a country can deport back Illegal Migrants to their Origin Country/Motherland. As well as French, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, India, USA, etc. Only problem in Burma need Rule of the Law, especially a tight and effective immigration law. Then in future, no one Illegal Migrants can easily enter in Burma Soil.

    • historical fact show rohingya are ethnic of Myanmar, democratically elected government 50 years ago recognized.stupid people like thein sein is denying thousand years of rohingya existence. i too can called rakhine not ethnic of myanmar and illegal immigrant as our first president sat shwe teik told , if rohingya are not ethnic of Burma other ethnic are also not ethnic of Burma.

      • People of Burma will never accept Rohingyas as ethic of Burma and regards Rohingyas as immigrant which may be legal or illegal. If those Rohingyas respect law, culture and social value of Burma, people of Burma reciprocate equally for their good conduct.

        Do not doubt that people of Burma knows who are their blood.

        • Yes, they have been respecting law for generations and what is the result? They have been revoked their ethnic status, their citizenship and their human rights. The UN recognizes that they are the most persecuted minorities in the world.
          This recent outburst is the fruit of what you have sown. Had they not been subjected to state-sponsored terrorism for more than half a century, they would not have been this assertive.

      • Well Bengali Rohingya can be one of Burmese ethnic if British gave Chittagong divison to Burma. Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts were ruled by Arakan/Burmese King before British East India Company colonized India.
        You can say once Bengali is one of Burmese ethnics but not anymore because Chittagong division was not in Arakan state. You have to blame British for not given Chittagong division to Burma if you want to be one of Burmese ethnics.
        Once Marma Buddhist ethnic in Chittagong Hill Tracts was Burmese ethnic but now they are Bangladeshi ethnic because Chittagong Hill Tracts is no longer belong to Burma anymore.
        Also Assam too, British gave it to India. I think British should be given Andaman Island to Burmese Government too when Burma was given independent by British.
        All problems in India Subcontinents are British fault.

        • Returning chittagaung to the rightful owner Burma does not make Rohingyas, illegal immigrants a Burmese tribes. Burmese tribes are those people of mongoloid origin, who have live in Burma thousands of years.

          Marmuji is rihgt Briish East iNDIA COMPANY. But his logic is flawed.

          Burmese buddhist tribes were the original inhabitants of that area. They were persecuted when the Bengalis follded in and replaced them, pushing htme north towards Mizzoram.

          If the present Burmese government give the Rohingyas Burmese citizenship, it will be a gross betrayal to all native Burmese tribes including the Bamars.

  8. This is an old record being replayed, and it’s not the right one, a few djs keep wanting to play this song. The issue is about legal and illegal immigrants.

  9. Don’t be too harsh on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. She is just a frail lady.
    Although she is basking in the praise and lionization of the world community, she is not the supreme leader yet. She is playing the second fiddle in the parliament, seconding a motion here, opposing a motion there, most of the time fidgeting in her seat. She hasn’t initiated a groundbreaking move. Although her explicit aim is to amend the constitution, nothing has materialized. Toy soldiers are still sitting pretty in the parliament. Some district NLD members are rebelling, clamoring for democracy within the party. The nomination for the place of vice-president has been shot down because the nominee’s son is a citizen of another country. This is not a good precedent for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Some websites are desecrating her. The government is trying to manipulate her. There was a farce in the parliament, in which she was the victim of a plot to ‘show the performing monkey in exchange for rice.’
    Mahattama Gandhi was shot dead because some extremists thought that he was pandering too much to the Muslims. Don’t give her too much to chew.

  10. Dr. Zarni rightly said Suu Kyi is a politician now on, who aims to be next premier of union of Myanmar by hook or by crook that is a typical politician job. Her mute on Rohingya issue, silence on abuse against them and siding with repressive regime and its accomplice is to ascertain of consolidating her politically calculated future. No wonder, Suu Kyi has successfully and profoundly learned the culture of Burmese racist politics and earned her honorary certificate to lead its people discriminately during her 20 + years in cozy institution in other term HOUSE ARREST. Yes she is well prepared to govern Myanmar as it has been ruled since independence. This is unfortunate for entire humanity because a noble peace prize winner is to denounce violence and violation of human rights and defend humanity and dignity of any human-being regardless of color, creed and origin. Instead, she is upturned as silence is half consent.

    The present indiscriminate mass-killing of Rohingya is doubtlessly through systematic coordination among central government, state government and local Rakhine elected representatives and its recent surrendered insurgent groups such as Arakan Liberation Party and breakaway Arakan Army. The real picture is well documented and widely exposed to the world although there have been manipulation through posting wrong and irrelevant images in social media by both racists and fascists Buddhists. The atrocity, abuse, discrimination, torture, maltreatment, etc against Rohingya are not coverable in this information age because dark era is over. The president is deliberately lying and misinforming to the international community in defense of his complete failure. This is very obvious and easy to understand whoever possesses minimum level of Burmese politics.

    • I think everyone is missing the real reason here, that this is a social issue and not a religious one. It is not a case of Buddhists against Muslims. Many live side by side in other cities and have no problems. This is an issue between the Rakhines and the Rohingyas. It is up to them to learn to cooperate. It is for them to find a solution to be able to tolerate each other, not for DSSK, not for the foreign community and obviously the Myanmar governmetn is clueless right now. It is not a genocide as other hard line Muslims want to believe. We have to remember that Muslims live in all areas of Myanmar, not just in the Rakhine state. The question we have to ask is , what happened here? What lead to the build up of hatred and how we can help them make their lives stable. I am a Buddhist and I do not want anyone to suffer on my account. So I will say this even if others hate me for it. There is no way that this huge number of Rohingyas can be made to leave our country. No amount of wishing can do that, people. I believe what we need to do now is find a solution for all the hatred , all the violence and suffering to be eased. It is up to the elders of both communities to find a solution. Foreign governments can put as much pressure as they wish but only the two sides alone can settle it. Hardline Islamic communities and the media need to back off, don’t incite violence though it may serve your purposes.

    • Indiscriminate mass killing of Rohingyas?
      Please do not exaggerate. First 9, next 20, next 70. Every life lost is a shame on those who caused it, first rohingyas themselves and then overreacting Buddhists against the teaching of Buddha.

      Why not go to Syria and see what is happening amongst the Muslims there.

  11. Why should she speak out for Rohingya since it is President Thein Sein’s problem. She represent the feelings of majority who do not want these people. If the Muslim world is too outranged by the incidents, they should take the Rohingya to their countries.

    • Because she purports to represent the interest of Burmese people.
      If you have been saying the military is controlling thein Sein why don’t you ask the army to speak out?
      Logical, isn’t?

  12. I’m not sure why author tried to criticise Aung San Suu Kyi. Obviously, what she is said is right. Rule of law is the basic of this problem. We should treat refugees as human being but giving illegal immigrants to citizenship is not happening in US, UK and Japan. Not even in his own country. If he can change his own country law, he start criticise other countries. Saudi is a dictatorship country and not free. So not a good role model and won’t even talk about it. When america accepts all illegal immigrants inside his country without sending them back and UK withdraw citizenship test, author can point finger to others. At the same time, we should give equal rights to those who gained burmese citizenship irrespective of their religion.
    I think media is playing burmese military games and pushing burmese nationalist to forefront. We are not even sure who is behind these riots, military or foreign organisation because this just happened before Aung San Suu Kyi trip to Europe. Is it pure coincidence.

    • A Burmese Freedom Fighter

      RE: Hlaing Ni;
      Here is what I think.

      Most media these days not have anything to write better than just the repeated biased story of communal riots, in which the coverage of the issues in their publications omits the suffering of the Rakhine and only highlights the suffering of illegal Bengali Rohingya day after day, on and on and on and on.

      I wonder when they would stop! I am so disappointed to see media to be in what I see is becoming one of the political opportunists emerging from the communal riots between illegal Bengali immigrants and the Rakhine of our Burma ethnic.

      To all Media, Please don’t do an easy shoot just to get profits out of the publication and portrait themselves as a moderate news agency in the eye of International NGOs by letting the whole Burma down as a segregated society in favor of the Muslim illegal Bengali. Be a good news agency and try to cover balanced news, putting more efforts on getting the facts from both sides of the controversial story rather than covering only one sided, partial story, especially when issues are very controversial such as communal riots.

      I haven’t had any sense of any logistic, rational, and real human side of the Media for about 2 months due to its lack of sense of feeling and sluggishness to what actually taking place on the ground zero of communal violence in Rakhine state of Burma.

      Most news agency rarely include in its coverage of any Burmese organizations, which will talk about the other side of the story of what Rakhines have to say what they have been going through within their own country. In the mean time Media has never failed to cover any Burmese political opportunists who frequently and shamelessly call all the Burmese to be racists for their expression of the opinion on the issues. Those political opportunists which Media has made a big deal of covering include Min Zin, Zarni and others.

      It is well known to each and every one of the observers of Burma that the recent communal violence in Rakhine state of Burma is a political minefield for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi , drawing her into these lose-lose situations of the reality of Burma politic.

      Media news along with the self-righteousness INGOs and Muslim brotherhood organization are knowingly and actively making sure for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to get into that filthy trap of political minefield set up strategically by the hardliners within the reformist government, helping current military hardliners to kill Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s prestigious image.

      After all, she carefully and pragmatically voiced her opinion during her trip in Europe: the need to the Rule of Law within Burma to solve our national crisis once and for all. Let’s try to listen to her for the bigger picture of how Burma would look when the rule of law is in place in Burma, flourishing the genuine democracy and human rights under the federal system, in which each and every one of Burmese citizen can get involved in and hold up on it.

      All I am asking Media today is to be professional in its journalism by covering all the different corner and all the angel of the story rather than one sided story of controversial issue that can make the whole ship of ethics in journalism sink into its own grave yard.

      Remember, only the rule of law, which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly and relentlessly fought for, is the necessary instrument in making a foundation of everlasting Democracy and Human Rights in Burma.

      A Burmese Freedom Fighter

  13. Daw Su is a politician but one of the most honest politician the world could ever find. When she was asked if Rohingya should be granted Burmese citizen, she answered ” I don’t know” which was the truth. She could have answered differently to bolster her popularity internationally but she did not. She wouldn’t hesitate to answer it had she known if what the other groups were stating were true irrespective of what her political stance might look. The fact was, most of the people from Burma around Daw Su’s age including us had never heard of the word “Rohingya” eversince we were born until after 1988. We heard about those people for the first time after series of hurricanes in Bengladesh. Eversince then there was these talks of oppresion on “ethnic Rohingya citizens”. We were all puzzled how and where did this “new ethnic group of Burma” appear. The military junta then tried to tackle that issue but whatever it did was negatively viewed domestically and internationally; rightfully so as the junta was one of the most oppressive, corrupted government that lacked any amount of human decency. The general public opinion on this issue is totally independent of the junta. That’s the reason the whole of Burma including the democracy activists are voicing the same on the ‘Rohinja’ issue. No matter what, these people are here to stay and it’s a matter the new government has to tackle delicately in terms of human rights. No country in this world granted automatic citizenship to immigrants especially to illegals. Rules have to be set up and followed with an ultimate pathway to citizenship.

  14. i feel sorry for daw suu and her hard earned reputation.
    in real life democratic politics, like high profile qualifying professional examinations, you may find little warning at the beginning of your question note.
    “all questions must be answered. failure to do so may result in total failure”.
    even though you have obtained 95/100 and you did not attempt one tiny question, you still fail.
    daw suu did not answer a pressing question, a bit risky in nature, in a critical time. the consequence is far damaging not only for her but also for the democratic future of burma.
    the ultimate winner is president thein sein, a “reform” champion.

  15. I don’t accept that DASSK has been SILENT on the Rohingya issue. Yes, it is correct that she didn’t say anything clearly about it. She just utterd her only policy ‘Rule of Law’ again and again. She doesn’t seem to understand that the Rohingya issue was created by so-called Law which is blatantly discriminatory. But while she was silent, she had managed to encourage her NLD Uncles and MPs to speak out on the Rohingya. U Tin Oo, U Win Tin, U Win Htein, U Kyi Win, Dr Myat Nyarna Soe have already shown their ANTI-ROHINGYA and ILLIBERAL mindsets in their various interviews since June. The best evidene is the recent move by Myat Nyarna Soe by submitting a proposal at the parliament to check all the NRCs given out to people in the West and East (they will only check Chinese and Muslims! Lol!) and DASSK and NLD MPs supported his move. So, it is clear evidence of how xenophobic and racist NLD (including DASSK) is! Why don’t NLD MPs including DASSK mention that many ‘legitimate’ Muslims and Chinese in places like Yangon and Mandalay still have to face many difficulties to get NRCs and pay bribes to the authorities? Will they say that an NRC of a Muslim or Chinese in Yangon is ILLEGAL because they had to pay bribes to get them? Now, NLD is trying to check such NRCs and deprive them of their citizenship. What a racist policy!

    And such high hopes of the international community places on DASSK have been wrong since the beginning. She has never really been the voice of Burma’s downtrodden. I doubt it. She was just repeating some beautiful words (she might have heard about them in Oxford classes) such as ‘democracy’, ‘human rights’, ‘federal’, ‘rule of law’, ‘ethnic rights’, etc. She doesn’t seem to understand them clearly and she is just using them to attract her international supports! Such great Nobel Peace Laureate!

    I wanna ask the Myanmar immigration authorities – Can Buddhists in the Irrawaddy Delta prove that their forefathers lived since before 1823? How do they prove it? Even nowadays Many Buddhists, especially those from low socio-economic backgrounds, don’t have NRCs yet. I guess their village-dwelling parents and grandparent didn’t have NRCs either. Then, how do their offspring prove their ancestry in Myanmar since before 1823. I know it is OK for them because they are Buddhists.

    • Dear Can’t bear,
      HERE IS MY ANSWER.

      1. “And such high hopes of the international community places on DASSK have been wrong since the beginning. She has never really been the voice of Burma’s downtrodden. I doubt it. She was just repeating some beautiful words (she might have heard about them in Oxford classes) such as ‘democracy’, ‘human rights’, ‘federal’, ‘rule of law’, ‘ethnic rights’, etc. She doesn’t seem to understand them clearly and she is just using them to attract her international supports! Such great Nobel Peace Laureate!”

      I gree with you here.

      2.”I wanna ask the Myanmar immigration authorities – Can Buddhists in the Irrawaddy Delta prove that their forefathers lived since before 1823? How do they prove it? Even nowadays Many Buddhists, especially those from low socio-economic backgrounds, don’t have NRCs yet. I guess their village-dwelling parents and grandparent didn’t have NRCs either. Then, how do their offspring prove their ancestry in Myanmar since before 1823. I know it is OK for them because they are Buddhists.”

      This is a ridiculous proposition. Can you prove when your ancestors had lived where your nationality is? In 1823, Burmese immigration officers were not born yet. How old is the Shwedagon?
      it is not a mosque. You are bing ridiculous.

      Issuing NRC to Burmese nationals is an expensive administrative issue. Burma has been a basket case, thanks to Fargaung SuMaung, so-called General Ne win of BSPP.

      With or without NRC any indigenous Burmese born in Burmese is a Burmese national. That is REAL HUMAN RIGHT.

      Rohingyas are totally a different kettle of fish.

      All Burmese who have taken foreign nationality are still Burmese unless they have expressly renounced Burmese nationality, according to Shwebomin or Schwebomin, who lives in exile but plannign to return to Burma (if his European women let him)

  16. Excellent article by Jocelyn Gecker. Suu-Kyi is concerned about the Buddhist majority and their vote in the next election. Even Nelson Mandela blinked on the question of nationalisation of South African mines, but he never wavered on human rights. The Rohingya issue is going to be the test of Suu-Kyi’s leadership.
    Thes are the drawbacks of a “single issue” party like the NLD. The main concentration was on “democracy”. There was never a broad-based platform on the country’s future, except for vague statements on education, health and the “rule of law”. Be brave Suu-Kyi, like how you stood up to the Generals. The world is waiting.
    Nai Doo

  17. Every one should be careful to make comment on ethnic clash between Rakhine (Araken), who are majority and living in this state for more than a century and Rohingya, who are backed by the human right groups, UN agancies and Islamic countires. If you stand for one side the other side and its supporters will blame on you. In my point of view, you can stop this kind of violence this time- at this moment, but it will happen again and again. In fact, Rakhine do not happy with the Rohingyas living in their places and on the other hand, ohingya never trust that Rakhine are kind to them.

    • We must stick to the principle. Rohingyas did not come legally with entry visa and them applied for naturalisation, in which case their applications could be accepted or rejected according to the criteria set by the sovereign Burma, the power of which would be invested in the government.

      Just living in a ghetto of some 800,000 in a country, that was forcefully colonised and humiliated, keeping breeding offsprings illegally, trying to force Islam on local Buddhists, Rohingyas have no right to Burmese citizenship even if their ancestors had entered or brought into Burma against the will of Burmese people, since 1826.

      Naturalisation also involves swearing allegiance to Burma.

      1. No offer of citizehshup to Rohingyas.
      2. Protect them from possible harm from excited Buddhists; keep them separate for the time being. Ensure they have basic needs of food, clothing and shelter and medical facilities just as the native Budhists would be treated.
      3. Start negotiating resettling them in third countries. THAT MUST BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SO-CALLED ‘ INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY’.
      4. All Myanmars must be vigilant to llok out for the rohingyas who have obtained Burmese nationality against the above principles. Be ready to start a political movement to bring in a party of a coalition of parties who are against Rohingyas being recognised as Burmese nationals as government and to repeal the law that makes the rohingyas Burmese nationals. (The term nationalities is wrong, semantically.)
      5. 99.99999 % of native Burmese people can refuse to recognise Rohingyas as Burmse nationals. STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK THIS TERRIBLE COLONIAL LEGACY! Raise the Peacock flag!

  18. Suu Kyi is silent because she is wise as she does not time to study the history of Arakan state which lost its empire to Burma in 18th century. She may not have literature to read about the root of os-called Rohingers.

    Altough people might attend her talks , Arakanese wouldn’t pay attention to her in relation to this issue.

    Rohongers are majority of Muangdaw and Buthidaung which she wrongly used as minority .

    It is quite obvious that third party might have been counting her when she became a parliamentarian. However, ASSK is not ruling the country yet. Military gov; is not naive to hand over the power to her. You must see that ASSK and military gov: are complimentary to each other. Therefore, it is better not to show your resentment by abusing the media.

    • A ghetto majority is obviously a majority in the ghetto.
      When the ghetto is trying to turn itself into a colony, then it must be stopped.
      A ghetto is NOT a majority in the larger picture,th
      at is Yakhine. In any case Rohingyas must go back to Bangladesh as their expats in Assam are doing now.

  19. So, Maung Zarni from LSE and Abid Bahar from Dawson College are considered to be “Burma experts”. Who decides actually who’s a “Burma expert”? Do these guys really know that much about Burma? The don’t even live there.
    I am not a Burma expert, but as someone who was born before Burma’s independence in 1948, I don’t trust these “academic Burma experts” with half-baked ideologies trying to push some selfish personal agenda to get funding or to get some cheap publications to “pad up” their CV’s (or their dissertations). The late Monica Mya Maung probably has a much better background knowledge of Burmese history than most of these opportunistic “neo-Burma-experts”.

    Unfortunately, nowadays, people who know don’t tell and people who tell don’t know.

    • A Burmese Freedom Fighter

      Tocharian, Don’t be surprised!
      In my opinion, Both Zarni and Min Zin are ordinary typical guys! The selfish being, who only care about their own advancement without being considerate to repercussion of their actions toward the nation fate.

      Both Zarni and Min Zin’s care more about their school assignment than the reality on the ground. Also remember that, most of the PHD candidate has to rely on scholarship from different international foundations. Making that type of publication is an easy shot to appease their sponsors.

      It won’t be that easy to take the stands against the propaganda of the international NGOs, perhaps, they are quite lazy guy and do not want to make an enormous effort to earn their marks, which is required , to challenge against the will of their own sponsor and international NGOs. They are just saving their own ass and taking an easy ride.

      I can put their shoes on my foot and accept their reality. Rationality only is not enough to make the right decision; it requires listening to our heart beats misted with our knowledge, education, experiences and facts on the ground

      It is interesting to see both of them are very much denial of putting their own interests before the others. That is why they are just an ordinary, putting their own self interests before the nation plight. Burma is so lucky to have Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and hope she can produce more people like her before she rest in peace.

      • I agree. These guys seem to be experts on how to be “on the (academic) dole” (as they say in UK). Normally, I would just ignore such “charlatans”, but nowadays the international media is very “hungry” about any information they can get about Burma and then it becomes dangerous when young naive reporters and NGO types from the West get most of their information from these so-called Burma experts. Their biased opinions then become “facts” to many people, especially in the West. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why they are “not too happy” with the winds of change that are happening in Burma (it’s going to be a tough road ahead, and there are still a lot of fundamental problems to be solved, but at least people are “moving”), because once the country really opens up and becomes democratic, these “Burma experts” might be losing their precious “dole” from their sponsors! LOL

  20. George Than Setkyar Heine

    “the situation in arakan state is giving the so-called new burma a black eye—in the eyes of the international community,” said robertson of human rights watch.
    maybe in robertson’s eyes and according to him only as the rest of the international community are no suckers in this matter; purely a ploy on the part of islamic fundamentalists/states ‘fabricating’ and ‘using’ the rohingya issue in arakan state as an instrument for their global islamization no less.
    “as a political leader with moral authority, suu kyi should take this on,” he said. “no one is saying she can dictate policy to the government, but if she speaks out everyone will pay attention.”
    if she could not dictate policy why would she need to open her mouth and get drowned in the saliva of all, specifically, the people of burma saying rohingya are no natives of burma and illegal immigrants from neighboring bangladesh only.
    robertson’s statement certainly evidenced the guy’s foxy nature; get daw suu cornered and knocked out cold as well for the better no less.
    of course daw suu is much more educated and savvy in this sort of matters than the guy who is living off the ngo’s only.
    and advising daw suu what she should do in this matter as well testified his lack of etiquette much less show disrespect on the nobel laureate not to mention on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of her country to be precise.
    the president of the country has made it clear he would deal with the matter in all conformity with the laws of the land no less lest robertson and his ilk forget as well.

  21. Not only about Rohingya issue that she is silent. You could see that she is silent on the continue fighting in ethnic States, especially in Kachin and Shan States. Actually, she has the effective voice speak for the every violence occurring in Union of Burma. Why she did not if for the National Reconciliation? So, how could the ethnic people depend on her. What kind of Nobel Peace prize winner she is!

  22. Suu kyi should not silence tragedy in arakan, where victim are rohingya ethnic.DASSK has moral responsibility to tell the world and nation about rohingya suffering under government force and rakhine extremist.are you forgot the word your father told to rohingya ethnic before independent.how can you said, you don’t know about rohingya status.are you influenced criminal like pres thei sein, racist ko ko gyi, Dr. aye maung ,NLD tin Oo who want murder all rohingya with cool blood. are you forgot true history of rohingya , staying in Burma since 8 century. Under U Nu government Rohingya language allowed to air radio, TV. are you agree Nazi thein sein, fascist RNDP party who are killing rohingya ethnic. UN reorganized rohingya are most persecuted ethnic on earth under goverment of burma and rakhine racist. how yo keep quit?

    • You, sir, are an another racist too!

      • A racist clutching last straw. Even his assume name mindonming is wrong. it is mondonmin. that means King Mindon.

        How many rohingyas had entered Burma illegally since 4 January 1948? What are thea ages of Rohingyas? The oldest and the youngest?

        Whatever their ages, Rohingyas have no right to Burmese nationality. They belong to Bangladesh, deep in the West, not in the Sittagaung (original name of Chittagong). these Bangladeshis (rohingyas) even mispronounce ‘lonegyi’, meaning cover and tie up, ‘lungi’. they don’t even know that they have borrowed Burmese words whilst squatting in Burmese land called Yakhine.

    • “are you forgot true history of rohingya , staying in Burma since 8 century. Under U Nu government Rohingya language allowed to air radio, TV. ”

      WHAT UTTER RUBBISH!
      Islam arose in the 7th century. The arabs were still trying to spread Islam, by sword. The Ottoman empire arose in the 13th century.
      How come Rohingyas were Muslims and living in Burma in the 8th century.

      Benglais were originally Hindus. Some were forcibly converted to Islam and others by choice.
      Don;t tyr to fool us. We are serious scholars. We can always catch out lies.

      Chittagon was Sittagaung and belong to Burma.

  23. Mrs Suu Kyi is not Nelson Mandela.History will remember Mandela for long long time but not Mrs Suu Kyi.She does not know the citizenship of Rohingyas but her late father Gen Aung San knew that,recognised that & expressed that.She is not even concerned about Kachin & Shan people also.Finally it came out that she is not fit for Nobel peace prize.

  24. Daw Aung San Suu no more human rights activist, but now become a politcian so she knows how to silence and dodge.

  25. Muslims countries are the only countries that are making a big fuzz about this event. Even though this issue is, honestly, a local disputes caused by discrimination, those people aboard are just pointing fingers and blaming Burma while sitting on their fat ass on a nice cozy chairs and know nothing about what is really happening in Arakhine. All they do is, surf internet, read exaggerated articles and photos from social media and talk bull-shit.
    The outcome is clear, polarization of two different communities are now complete. Pretty thanks to those “good-for-nothing-but-talk” kind of people. Most Burmese nationalists now officially ‘hate’ Rohingyas aka Benglis.
    Truths be told, Burmese people had sympathy towards Rohingyas before this event, before OIC or Muslims communities around the world started verbally attacking Burma. Now, there are none! COME ON people, Burma is NOT the only country with immigration/religion issue! Take India for examples, where local riots between Muslims and locals caused 90 deaths and thousands flee.
    Burmese people are not racists, but as history with Anglo-Burmese wars showed, when our identity is being challenged or our land is being attacked, everyone, not just Burmese but all other ethnics, will unite to protect this at all costs. If you really want to help these people, try not to get biased. The real people who suffers are not JUST Rohingyas, but also Arakhnese as well. If you take side, that means, you are not helping them. You are typically killing the chances of Rohingyas for us to try to bring them into better living standards.
    Please, make us respects you all. Make Muslims communities around the world be role models. Make other religions respects Muslims (obviously, threats of terrorism by using the name of Islam isn’t one). If it means “Peace”, then be peaceful. I have over a dozen Muslim friends in Yangon and none of them have problems living with us side by side. Those so called; saviors, are even making Muslims in Burma a hard time if not making them worse.
    So, final words, if you really want to help people, please do so, while not accusing nor biasing help just towards one society. Those Muslims countries can help stop their fellow/citizen Muslims to stop threatening Burma or exaggerate the events and thus causing more polarization.

  26. The BIGGEST joke in all the anti-Rohingya comments here are their use of the US as the example. Ha ha…. What a joke to compare the US, the world’s most powerful nation, and Burma, one of the poorest nations! It is so funny that the Rohingya from Bangladesh would love to infiltrate into Arakan like the Mexicans would into the US… And some people are writing that many Bengalis are infiltrating into India too…. Do you know that India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh were the same country until some decades ago?….Come one, Arakan is such a poor place without no strong economy and extreme repression (except the recently discovered gas)…. Why would the Bengalis infiltrate into such poor Arakan?…. Majority Burmese must most importantly understand that their HOLY Burma with mouth-watering land and natural resources is not a place that peoples from neighboring countries are dying to move to!

    • U can’t comprehend why others are comparing to US. The actual meaning is that even wealthy, super powerful, human-right first country like US has her own illegal immigration problem unable to resolve for decades. If Arakan is poor, why not you and your country bring Rohingyas and give them refugee in your country? Those Rohingyas will make your country richer and prosper. Believe it.

  27. Above twenty-four record comments showed the level of interest and concerns on the so-called silence of Daw Suu on communal clashes in Rakhine State.Dear commentators,please be careful.Do not add emotionally charged accusations and counter-accusations to a tense situation that is beginning to ease.Do not imflame the situation.Do not accuse Daw Suu for her alleged silence on this delicate and complex problem which is being blown out of proportionDo not draw her into this religio- ethnic conflict,a messy left-over of many generations ofmismanagement and misrule.When time is ripe and right she will speak her mind.Give her time,please!

  28. George Than Setkyar Heine

    can’t bear is obviously a grizzily (bear) after all, dumb as they come as well.
    daw suu is staying out of the rohingya fiasco simply because it is not her call and concern at this time and juncture to be precise.
    she is only an elected personnel heading the nld no more.
    and thein sein and his national defense and security council enshrined in than shwe drawn constitution call the shots and hold the key to all problems in burma lest the bear forgets as well.
    of course they are working on it (rohingya issue) no doubt.
    the bear saying “and such high hopes of the international community places on dassk have been wrong since the beginning” is a cheap shot and below the belt as well on the nobel committe and the international community no less i say.
    of course when immigration issues come in question, taking the census and checking national registration cards are non-negotiable and unquestionable in these cases/matters as well.
    specifically, flushing/sorting out alliens – illegal aliens – like the so-called rohingyas and ethnic chinese making and calling homes in the cities and villages in burma is top priority for the government and concern of all citizens/natives of burma as well of course.
    that’s the only way illegal immigrants and natives of burma could be clearly distinguished/separated and further and relevant actions taken accordingly and in due course of the law as well.
    and the corrupt officials who took bribes from the rohingyas and chinese to get nrc’s would languish under the length, breadth and full weight of the law as well no doubt.
    that’s what daw suu meant by the rule of law in the first place.
    lack of law or neglect of the most important mechanism/tool (law) in the running of a country is the perfect recipe for disaster – loss of sovereignty and territorial integrity – of a country lest all people forget.
    “she has never really been the voice of burma’s downtrodden. i doubt it”.
    that pulled the pants – if he has any for that matter as well – of the so-called ‘can’t bear’ down of course.
    then why the hell all people of burma not to mention international community as well is supporting and throwing red carpets for her to walk on?
    and the ‘can’t bear’ lost all credibility in this case/matter by insulting daw suu’s education and her professed ideals – ‘democracy’, ‘human rights’, ‘federal’, ‘rule of law’, ‘ethnic rights’, etc. – the bottom line for peace, stability and posterity of burma.
    hence and in simple translation: can’t bear is simply a dumb and a dud only shooting air through his ass in this matter no less i say!

    • It seems that Ms Aung San Suu Kyi’s honeymoon period is over. Now she is facing the music.

    • You make fun of other people’s pseudonym. But your very name suggests that you are a tadpole (half frog, half fish). Perhaps you take on the first name George because you are nostalgic of your erstwhile British masters. Or your name sounds Manoke Thiha (half human, half lion with two asses). The name Setkyar means Swastika, the symbol of Nazi Germany, which means you are a neo-Nazi. Or Setkyar means Setkyar Wate King, which implies that you are a megalomaniac.

  29. dssk has more important issues to care for genuine ethnic nationals.

  30. A Burmese Freedom Fighter

    Your Irrawaddy news along with the self-righteousness INGOs and Muslim brotherhood organization are knowingly and actively making sure for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to get into that filthy trap of political minefield set up strategically by the hardliners within the reformist government, helping current military hardliners to kill Daw Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s prestigious image.

    Irrawaddy rarely include any Burmese organization who will talk about the other side of the story of what Irrawaddy has been covering, a story of what Rakhine have to say what they have been going through within their own country. In the mean time Irrawaddy has never failed to cover any Burmese political opportunists who frequently and shamelessly call all the Burmese to be racists for their expression of the opinion on the issues. Those political opportunists which Irrawaddy has made a big deal of covering include Min Zin, Zarni and others.

    After all, Daw Aung San Suu Kyicarefully and pragmatically voiced during her trip in Europe: the repetition of the need to the Rule of Law within Burma to solve our national crisis once and for all. Let’s try to listen to her for the bigger picture of how Burma would look when the rule of law is in place in Burma, flourishing the genuine democracy and human rights under the federal system, in which each and every one of Burmese citizen can get involved in and hold up on it.

    All I am asking Irrawaddy is to be professional in your journalism by covering all the different corner and angel of the story rather than one sided story of controversial issue that can make the whole ship sink into our own grave yard.

    Remember, only the rule of law, which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly and relentlessly fought for, is the necessary instrument in making a foundation of everlasting Democracy and Human Rights in Burma.

    A Burmese Freedom Fighter

    • Whose freedom are you fighting for? Who are you fighting against?
      Are you an advocate for the genuine democracy and human rights under the federal system, in which each and every one of Burmese citizens can get involved in? Don’t be a hypocrite. You have denied human rights and citizenship to a million people. You ignore world opinion and are paying for that.
      In the Rohingya crisis, most Burmese mass media portrayed the Rohingyas as the aggressors, who use their sheer numbers to intimidate Rakkhine people. Then suddenly when the tally was announced, there were more Rohingya casualities and twice as many refugees. How come? The answer is obvious. Almost all the local media, public or private, in collusion with the fascist regime, have been feeding the politically illiterate public with false information and propaganda. And the Rohingyas reciprocated with the counter propaganda. Both sides have been lying. Don’t be self-righteous.
      What we have needed a medium which can provide balanced views and analyse the events in a rational and educated manner. The Irrawaddy fills the void. But so accustomed are you to prejudice that when truths are revealed you smart.

      • A Burmese Freedom Fighter

        Re: David,

        I am fighting for freedom of each and everyone of Burmese Citizens, including new comers who are not criminals like Bengali Rohingyas.

        My point here is the coverage of Irrawaddy which only covers only one side of the story of Bengali Rohingyas while omitting Rakhines. Irrawaddy should include opinions from both sides.

        Don’t be such a blamer without paying proper attention to my pinpoint.

      • Take Rohingyas to England. Afterall, they entered Burma illegally, against Burmse oppressed by coloniser English.
        Rohingyas loyalty is to Islam, not to Burma. There are genuine Burmese muslims who have no problem living in Burma. Some are successful professionals like doctors.

        So please do not deny your colonial legacy. England had created the rohingya problem, like the Tamils in Sir lanka, who fought for a separate state.

        Rohingyas must be resettled in Bangladesh and third countries.

        all Burmese must unite. this is not about Burmse government. We can deal with Burmese government in our way, in our own time, free from neo-colonists. Rohingyas are wolves in sheepskin.
        Granted they have the right of protection against excited Buddhist mobs but that doe not mean they can be Burmese nationals.
        QED

  31. Why the foreign journalists never point out the fact that Rohingya Bengalis are majority in Maungdaw and Buthedaung (Majority Bengalis are killing minority Burese and Arakanese)?

    Why don’t they say anything about doctored photos rather than quoting the President?

    Why are they keeping silent at the video and pictorial evidences of Bengali atrocities?

    Why are they portraying this as a religious issue while Pakistani Sunni are killing Shites, while Punjab Pakistani are killng Baloch Pakistani and while Saudi government and society are practicing institutionalized discrimination against Shites and non-Muslims?

    The government in Burma has changed but the people of Burma still have to pay for bad image of previous and current Burmese governments at the hand of foreign and Burmese exile journalists.

    • Dear Kyaw,

      You are absolutely right. Burmese journalists in exile must learn to be loyal to Burma. We have enough problems with neo-colonist journalists.

  32. First of all, this is not a religious issue. It’s a social issue. All upcoming nations have these problems. It is wise for ASSK to be as silent as possible. She should be active in the field of the wider perpective. There are so many minorities that WANT to integrate in the Burmese society. She should care about that. I am not so sure whether this group want to. Mostly history tells us Muslims want their own law, own things. Even in our modern times we face that.
    Also it is mostly Muslim countries and orgaisations are creating an uproar. This problem has to be tackled very very carefully as most of these type of problems cause inate violence.

  33. Anyone who opposes DASSK is similar to opposing the people of Burma including Muslim people. It is true that 99% of the citizen of Burma support DASSK and her popularity is beyond the border of Burma. It is also true that “rule of law” is crucial important and the issue in Rakhine State has to be solved carefully and wisely. Burma already has many problems to be solved. I want to suggest to the leaders from Islamic countries to take some burdens from Burmese government by allowing Rohingyas to reside in your countries.

  34. Muslim peoples should read here how Bengali Rohingya mob killed Burmese-Muslim school headmaster in Arakan. Also Burmese-Muslim peoples were suffered hands of Bengali Rohingya in Arakan. These news are not fake.
    Also I was surprised by some of second hand exile politicians criticizing for Daw Su silence on Bengali Rohingya issue.
    http://hlaoo1980.blogspot.com/2012/07/taliban-threatens-burma-over-rohingyas.html
    http://www.rfa.org/burmese/news/tibetan-rakhine-riots-08152012220146.html

  35. Failing a coordinated attack on the people of Burma by rape, murder and arson the rohingya machine supported by the extremist islamist militants have resorted to fake photographs and documents to raise a wideranging war of lies and deception to attract support of all the islamist elements of the world. this trick though working now will eventually cast a negative impact even on the other Muslim communities of Burma who have been living peacefully and full of patriotism for so long. If the rohingyas fail to understand that these are the people they have to live with for generations, they must stop the dirty tricks and come up clean before everything goes out of control and Burma truly becomes anti-Muslim as they have raised campaign through falsification of pictures and accounts. Suu Kyi has been wise and impartial in her views. She is not after cheap popularity but longstanding peace and prosperity. The rohingyas are shortsighted and wrongfully think that their foreign masters will be of some help to them.

    • <bThe funniest thing is to see saudi arabians speaking human rights ,the same people who execute thousands of people every year,and finace world terrorism,mor fun they are not even a democracy..and women have no rights there..

  36. It is wise for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi not to give any comment on the issue.

    Being the fact that Rohingya is muslims and most of them does not belong to Myanmar means very sensitive topic.

    It is ok for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to keep mum on that.

    Those who criticizing her may not be her supporters. They are just trying to get her into trouble.

  37. Among men the barber is cunning; among birds the crow; among beasts the jackal; and among women, the flower girl.

  38. International community supported burmese people through decade of sanctions

    thats what they did ,making life miserable for ordinary people…now angry ..ha ha ha

  39. If you Love Islamist,your Political is soon fail.Nobody
    supporting for you.

  40. http://www.irrawaddy.com/archives/4987
    Rohingya Appeal to Suu Kyi
    ( May 24, 2012)
    KML May 25, 2012 – 3:42 am
    Honourable Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the champion of democracy and human rights home and aboard, needs to handle this distress call. President U Thein Sein has done his part to pave the way to this atmosphere. It is high time for all those love democracy and human rights to show their courage and commitment irrespective of race and religion. Gaping wound in any part of the country is not desirable for any quarter, whether national or international.
    There is a legacy of General Ne Win still in place, which is 1982 Citizenship Law. Aspiring patriotic Burmese politicians should read this piece of art again to see whether it is suitable for modern Burma.
    Burma Citizenship Law http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/3ae6b4f71b.html
    General Ne Win Speech at a Meeting held in the Central Meeting Hall, President House, Ahlone Road, 8 October 1982, ,The Working People’s Daily, 9 October 1982, http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs6/Ne_Win's_speech_Oct-1982-Citizenship_Law.pdf

  41. If Aung San Suu Kyi stand against the will of the nation, I wil stand against Aung San Suu Kyi, so will Burmese people too. Country and Nation is more important than leader. Leader will come and leader will go, but we only have one country and one Nation. Our life depends on our country and our Nation. Stop blaming Aung San Suu Kyi and stop invading our country. We have same rights as any country to protect our peple and our territories.

  42. ASSK refers to the rule of law was adopted by general Ne Win, a collegues of her father and dictator of Burma.Her father was general Aung San, an racist military general.

  43. Rohingya not totally Banali and there is no Rakhine before 1784.Rohingya were Maramagri Budhist when Maramagri converted to Islam ,s called Rohingya.Rakhine were oginaly Bamma king Eva,s soldier.They mixed with Maramagri budhist within 1430-1784 because Maramagri became 90% Muslim so Bamma organize as Budhist fellow.

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