The Rohingya refugee crisis began this August when several Myanmar police posts in Northern Rakhine state were attacked by Rohingya insurgents. Afterwards, security forces of Myanmar reacted the incidents with brutal “clearance operations,” killing hundreds of people and left hundreds of Rohingya villages burned to the ground. The de facto head of Myanmar’s civilian government, Suu Kyi, who is also the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has long been blamed by the international community for showing reluctance to defend the Rohingya.
However, Suu Kyi is limited in her control of the country by a constitution written by the military junta that ruled Myanmar for decades. The military is in charge of the operations in northern Rakhine, and ending them is not up to Suu Kyi. This Monday, Suu Kyi attended the ASEAN summit in Manila. It is still unclear whether the crisis will be on ASEAN’s official agenda, but one thing is for sure, Suu Kyi will be under fire for her inaction to the inhumane oppression.