Sunday, May 08, 2016

Fwd: Aung San Suu Kyi Asks U.S. Not to Refer to ‘Rohingya’

yes, these are illegal bangladeshis.

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From: S G 

BANGKOK — Myanmar recognizes 135 ethnic groups within its borders. But the people who constitute No. 136? They are the people-who-must-not-be-named.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar's first democratically elected government since 1962, embraced that view last week when she advised the United States ambassador against using the term "Rohingya" to describe the persecuted Muslim population that has lived in Myanmar for generations.
Her government, like the previous military-led one, will not call the Rohingya people by that name because it does not recognize them as citizens, said her spokesman, U Kyaw Zay Ya, a Foreign Ministry official.
"We won't use the term Rohingya because Rohingya are not recognized as among the 135 official ethnic groups," said Mr. Kyaw Zay Ya, who was at the meeting. "Our position is that using the controversial term does not support the national reconciliation process and solving problems."
The stance does not bode well for the Rohingya or for rights activists who had hoped Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, would reverse discriminatory policies that have marginalized the Rohingya and prompted many to flee.
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