Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Piya Chattopadhyay.
Part One of The Current
It's Thursday August 23rd.
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have announced their engagement.
Apparently, love is deaf, too.
This is the Current.
Aung San Suu Kyi's silence over the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority
It can be hard to make the transition from an icon of the struggle for democratic freedoms .. to a politician ever mindful of elections and wooing voters. But that's where Aung San Suu Kyi now finds herself ... caught between the demands of human rights activists and Burma's political realities.
Specifically, human rights workers have been very critical of the Nobel Peace Prize winner for not standing up for the human rights of the Rohingya Muslim minority ... and for dodging questions about the the violent treatment and discrimination meted out against the Rohingya in Burma.
The Rohingya are thought to be among the most persecuted peoples on Earth. But with Ms. Suu Kyi facing an election in 2015, some worry that her fear of alienating her political base - Burma's Buddhist majority, many of whom subscribe to strongly anti-Rohingya feelings - have eclipsed her regard for universal human rights.
To make the case why Aung San Suu Kyi should be more supportive of the Rohingya, we were joined by Abid Bahar. He is a professor of humanities at Dawson College and the author of Burma: Missing Dots: The Emerging Face of Genocide ... a book about the plight of the Rohingya in Burma and the surrounding region. He was in Montreal. And Tin Maung Htoo is the Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Burma. He was in Ottawa.
This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Josh Bloch.
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