Aung San Suu Kyi’s first speech as Myanmar Leader
Aung San Suu Kyi created history from her speech at UN General Assembly
Aung San Suu Kyi’s first speech as Myanmar Leader:- Aung San Suu Kyi has made the history after she gave her first speech at U.N. General Assembly. Former political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi gave her first speech on Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly after she formed a democratically elected government and called for international understanding as Myanmar is facing serious sectarian tensions.
Notably, Suu Kyi’s appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations is the latest marker in a personal and national transformation in the country.
Highlights from her speech
In her speech, she tried to grab the attention over the concerns about the situation in troubled Rakhine state, where longtime discrimination by majority Buddhists against Muslim Rohingya resulted into bloody violence in the year 2012. Still, more than 100,000 people, mostly Rohingyas, are in displacement camps. Suu Kyi was quoted saying that new government is against the intolerance, they only wish to have peace in the country.
Suu Kyi, who has been criticized by some human rights activists for not speaking out forcefully in support of the Rohingya, did not mention the group by name in her speech.
Notably, Suu Kyi, who is 71, is the daughter of Myanmar’s founding father. Her life was full of crisis as she spent some 15 years in detention, mostly house arrest when she led the pro-democratic opposition.
What had happened in past?
Myanmar was under military rule for several years and still military dominates there. Speaking later at the Asia Society, she said that Myanmar was only at the “beginning of the road” on its transition to democracy and to realize that goal required constitutional reform so the military does not retain a quota of a quarter of parliamentary seats.
Suu Kyi said the nine-member commission will address humanitarian, development, basic rights and security issues.