By Dr. Hla Kyaw
In an interview with BBC journalist Fergal Keane on 4 April 2017, Aung San Suu Kyi comes the same lies and deceptions that have been repeated over and over again.
Aung San Suu Kyi, “…the country would welcome any returning Rohingya (who fled to Bangladesh to escape Myanmar armed forces’ mass killings and arrests, rapes, burning the livelihood and Rohingya children alive) with open arms. Some of them are coming back. If they come back they will be safe.”
Refutation: Aung San Suu Kyi’s deception is quite astonishing and contrary to the reality. Even at the time she is speaking to the journalist, Myanmar armed forces are arresting, intimidating Rohingya – recently the army arrested 11 innocent Rohingya from Doe Tan village, Maungdaw; destroying religious infrastructures – recently in Lawei Dek Buthindaung Twounship; and severely restricting the movement of Rohingya. Forget about safe return, Myanmar border guard forces detained some of the Rohingya who went to Bangladesh by giving huge amount of ransom to the border guard forces and returned back after seeking medical care in Bangladesh.
Aung San Suu Kyi, “We asked them (Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh) why they fled. They said that they fled because they don’t want to stay in the area where there have been fighting going on.”
Refutation: Aung San Suu Kyi is lying. They fled not because of the fighting. There is not fighting. There are only mass rape, arrest, killing and burning houses by Myanmar armed forces. This are the reasons why they fled to Bangladesh.
Aung San Suu Kyi, “I don’t think there is ethnic cleansing going on.”
Refutation: There is ethnic cleansing, indeed. This has been documented and witnessed by many independent journalists and researchers including UN. Many villages in Northern Maungdaw like Wa Peik is already cleansed of Rohingya. Nearly 100, 000 Rohingya are cleansed of their ancestral land since October 2016.
Aung San Suu Kyi, “I think there is a lot of hostility there – it is Muslims killing Muslims as well, if they think they are co-operating with the authorities.”
Refutation: There is no absolute hostility among Rohingya Muslims. No Muslims are killing another Muslims. Aung San Suu Kyi is ill-informed or she is brainwashed by the army’s propaganda. The hostility what she has heard of is the situation Myanmar intelligence has created as divide and rule tactics. The intelligence exploits some innocent and desperate Rohingya as informers to advance the ethnic cleansing and genocide of their own kind.
Aung San Suu Kyi, “They (Myanmar army) are not free to rape, pillage and torture.”
Aung San Suu Kyi, “Simply because I did not make the statements people wanted, which people wanted me to make, simply to condemn one community or the other.”
Refutation: No Rohingya is expecting Aung San Suu Kyi to take side by the Rohingya. Rohingya simply wants her to uphold the principles she has been preaching: rule of law, justice for all, compassion and equality. All Rohingya just want her to stop army’s rape, pillage, mass killings and destruction of Rohingya’s livelihood and shelter.
Aung San Suu Kyi, “The reason why we are not allowing international fact-finding mission is that the missions of Dr. Kofi Annan-led and Vice-President-led commissions are not yet complete.”
Refutation: It is utterly insane. So far, we have been witnessing that the commissions set by Myanmar government is bias, and whitewashing and denying the evidences of genocide and ethnic cleansing blindly. In addition, Mr. Annan’s commission is not set up to investigate Myanmar’s crimes against Rohingya since October 2016. The commission is set up long before October 2016 to find long term solutions.
Aung San Suu Kyi: “…Because I want to give those who are working on the Rakhine a chance to show that they are capable of it. (What would stop you going now to Rakhine Sate and talking to all communities and appealing for peace, on the ground yourself?)”
Refutation: Aung San Suu Kyi is saying non-sense despite she has been witnessing ever deteriorating situation of Rakhine State. In reality she is giving a chance to those who are committing slow-genocide and ethnic cleansing to advance and complete genocide agenda. There has never been a moment of peace in Rakhine State in last decades.
Aung San Suu Kyi becomes an ardent defender of Myanmar’s army that engages rapes, torture and destructions of the minorities, especially Rohingya. It is time for Aung San Suu Kyi to stop deception and to talk the facts and reality.