Is Myanmar a Democratic Country nowHas Myanmar become a democratic country?
No more pretending Myanmar's a Democratic country.
It is time for the rest of the civilian community to stop acting as if the Myanmar army is no longer violating the law. Myanmar's Rohingya brutality in the state of Rakhine, which began last months, shows that the Myanmar community can no longer see Myanmar through the price of want. Myanmar's Nelson Mandela is not Aung San Suu Kyi, and thanks to the military's draft bill, she can never be.
However much the rest of the rest of the world wishes it, Myanmar is not a democratic country and should not be considered as such. A year ago, when Suu Kyi's NLD won the long-awaited elections, the army maintained full command of the country's domestic political and judicial systems.
Put plainly, the NLD administration has no power over the army and is helpless to stop violation of people' s freedoms. The elections seem to have taken place to discuss the lifting of those penalties, not with the intent of handing over land to the civil authorities.
Aung San Suu Kyi's character is more like that of her country's commercial envoy than that of her de facto leaders. Obviously, it went unnoticed that US President Barack Obama on 8 October lifting Myanmar's sanction on the orders of the Myanmar police, and just a few hour later, on 9 October, action began in Maungdaw, certainly in the shadows of global press reporting on the US elections.
Myanmar's Myanmar authorities are a lavish source of diplomacy, as they have been unglamorous at best and urged an end to the Rohingya people. As much as she is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Suu Kyi is refusing to use the term "Rohingya". Burma is only one score away from its return to reign.
It is a major challenges for Kofi Annan's Rakhine Advisory Commission, as well as those of overseas states, to find a way to work with Myanmar's junta forces without subverting Suu Kyi at home if the Rohingya massacre is to be ended. As long as the global desire for action to take responsibility for soil protection is low, the global community is faced with a global election.
Are we continuing to act as if Myanmar were a democratic nation, strengthening trading ties, encouraging even more tourism to Myanmar, and giving the NLD administration the "space" Suu Kyi demands that it must solve the country's many beefs? Are we acknowledging that Myanmar is still a political régime that is currently violating, murdering and burnt down the houses of its Rohingya ethnic group and our relationship with any other countries that have committed similar acts of violence against people?
Since the elected US leader gives no hint that global humanitarian law is high on his calendar, it seems unlikely that he will reverse Obama's sanction lifting ruling. Neighbours may be the closest ones to what we as an intergovernmental organisation are willing to do.