Asia-Pacific

Oct 12, 2017

Suu Kyi’s inaction is only one part of Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis

Suu Kyi's deeply disappointing response to plight of the Rohingya has captured the bulk of international attention, while many more of those accountable go unscrutinised, argues freelance writer and journalism tutor James Rose.

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As the pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi mounts over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, it is worth looking into whether the story is being properly told. There is clearly a marked distance between emotive and simplistic portrayals of this critical situation and an informative contouring of its landscape. It seems many are failing to ensure the distance is bridged.  

Images of violence and apparent ethnic cleansing, by now stock presentations of the Rohingya crisis, while often legitimate, do little in themselves to provide a working cognitive landscape in which to anchor policy action, advocacy or even understanding.

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