• Md Sharif Hasan

Myanmar’s Great Cover-Up

Dissatisfaction over Myanmar’s management of the Rohingya crisis has boiled over into an argument between Aung San Suu Kyi and her once friend, now critic, Bill Richardson.

The former US ambassador to the UN resigned from an advisory panel set up by the American government after accusing members of trying to “whitewash” the crisis.

In his resignation letter, he called out members for being a “cheerleading squad” to the government. His criticisms raise additional worries about a treaty to repatriate nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees stuck in Bangladesh.

Such state of affairs should be a wake-up call to the diplomatic community and the UN representatives in Myanmar who have also been cheerleading for Aung Sung Suu Kyi, claiming that any criticism of her will ultimately play to the benefit of the military.

It’s quite evident that this is a military that is not afraid of anyone, it’s not expecting to be held accountable and Suu Kyi has essentially become a necessary element in their cover-up plans.

But I don’t think Bill Richardson’s criticism will be enough to turn the tables in any meaningful way.

Frankly, Suu Kyi is now looking to the other members of the commission to support her and to sort of push aside any criticism from Richardson and his coterie. She is hoping that these people will be willing to go along with her version of reality.

The really sad part of this is that the chair of the commission, from Thailand, doesn’t seem to be exercising the kind of leadership we saw from Kofi Annan.

The new chair is clearly in a different league and it appears that he is prepared to go along with the versions of events that Suu kyi and the military have been presenting to them.

Making fundamental changes on the ground