Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers the opening speech during the Myanmar-Japan-U.S. Forum on Fostering Responsible Investment in Yangon on Aug. 20. (AFP photo)
On Sept. 17, U.N. investigators hinted that Suu Kyi could face prosecution for crimes against humanity over atrocities against Rohingya and other minorities committed by the military. The investigators said her civilian government had no control over the actions of the Tatmadaw but her party controlled 60 percent of the seats in Myanmar’s bicameral parliaments and had the power to change every law except the constitution. “Consequently, she had extensive responsibilities for the prevailing conditions and human rights,” they noted. Christopher Sidoti, an Australian rights expert consulted by the U.N., told reporters on Sept. 17 that the human rights situation in Myanmar had not improved over the last 12 months and in some ways had become worse. “The longer this goes on, the more impossible it is for the civilian side of the government to escape international criminal responsibility for the human rights situation in Myanmar,” Sidoti said. He said Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine are denied access to basic services such as health care and education, which was “one element of the crime against humanity of persecution that we are seeing in Rakhine against Rohingya.” Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the international fact-finding mission (FFM) on Myanmar, said it is still an open-ended question to what extent Suu Kyi might be implicated. Richard Horsey, a political analyst based in the commercial hub of Yangon, said the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court had already laid the groundwork for investigation of civilian government leaders for international crimes. “Whatever the legal merits, Suu Kyi remains hugely popular in Myanmar; legal moves against her would inflame popular sentiment,” Horsey, a former senior United Nations official in Myanmar, said on Twitter.
Prosecutor of International Criminal Court has already laid groundwork for investigation of civilian gov leaders for int’l crimes. Now FFM hints at same. Whatever the legal merits, Suu Kyi remains hugely popular in Myanmar; legal moves against her would inflame popular sentiment. https://t.co/rqC4fMmpfm— Richard Horsey (@rshorsey) September 17, 2019
UCA News provides a unique service, bringing you the voices of emerging churches and helping you see efforts made to evangelize and bring relief to people in all manner of need.
UCA News has more than 40 full time and part time reporters, editors and administrators bringing you this service from across 23 countries in south, southeast and east Asia. You, too, can be part of their efforts by contributing even a small amount to keep UCA News available to the world.
Click here to consider the options available to you.
Your contribution to UCA News will immensely help us continue to grow a strong media community by harnessing information technology to inform, engage, inspire and influence the Catholics of Asia and the world.
As a gesture of our gratitude to your commitment to UCA News, we are pleased to gift you a free PDF Book/e-Book titled Mission in Asia when you make a contribution.