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Burmese leaders Aung San Suu Kyi have banned the use of the name Rohingya for repressed Muslims.
Burmese leaders Aung San Suu Kyi has forbidden officers to use the common name of the repressed Muslims, Rohingya, to reduce tension between the country's major Buddhists and the Muslims of the ethnic group. The Burmese Ministry of Information has instead ordered the officers to call Rohingya's "people who believe in Islam in Rakhine".
It' s not clear how the elimination of a name references can reduce tension or resolve long-lasting disagreements. Burma's leaders said the state of affairs must be "made room for the rest of the nation". Yanghee Lee, the UN's chief envoy for Burma, published a statement on Monday that Rohingya had been systematically stripped of her citizenship, discriminated against and subjected to strict limitations on her freedom of movement.
You have also been executed and tortured, which together can constitute a crime against people. Mrs Suu Kyi has at least consistently chosen the winner and sided with her own kind - Burmese people, Buddhists who make up the most. It' s been four years since fatal unrest fueled by a nationalistic Buddhist violence diary seized Burma and 100,000 Rohingya Muslims were held in poor displaced persons centres in Rakhine state.
Ms Suu Kyi said in 2012 she did not know whether the Rohingya could be considered to be Burma people. During an BBC interviewer's Mishal Husain, Ms Suu Kyi declined to denounce the Rohingya war. Denying that Muslims have been subjected to ethnical purges, she stressed that the tension is due to a "climate of fear," which is "very great due to a world-wide awareness of the world' s Islamic powers.
As she rules Burma, Ms Suu Kyi does not seem willing to oppose the harsh Sudanese government. It is even less likely that she will advocate for the detainees if she leads a government that does not even use her name.