What Happened to Myanmar’s Human-Rights Icon?

« Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, thinks that it is naïve to be disappointed in Aung San Suu Kyi. He noted that, as early as 2012, she had gone out of her way to avoid meeting him, despite his organization’s decades of support for her cause. “We were already beginning to criticize her on the Rohingya issue,” he said. “I guess she didn’t want to be in the company of someone who dared to criticize her.” Roth sees Suu Kyi’s refusal to speak out against the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya as a political calculation. “She’s thinking, It’s not worth it, these people are too unpopular for me to bother defending,” he said. »

“Aung San Suu Kyi has the benefit of having become an icon without saying a whole lot,” Kenneth Roth, of Human Rights Watch, told me. “Havel came to his position by saying a lot, by being a moral voice. Aung San Suu Kyi didn’t say much at all. She was a moral symbol, and we read into that symbol certain virtues, which turned out to be wrong when she actually began speaking.” Suu Kyi was not an intellectual, like Havel, or a freedom fighter, like Mandela, or an organizer, like Walesa. And, unlike her father, she did not die before her legend could be tarnished. »

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/02/what-happened-to-myanmars-human-rights-icon

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