MYANMAR: Unravelling the Rohingya Refugee Crisis
“Every perspective on a news story is equally important.”
I thoroughly agree with this statement because everybody’s opinion matters - and everybody’s opinion matters in any situation, no matter your wealth, race or gender. It is vital that you gather all of the information and details that everyone has to offer regarding what has happened. This results in the ability to draw similarities of all the perspectives in order to have a well-rounded understanding of events; this results in a wholesome decision as to what has actually occurred, and, more importantly, who is telling the truth.
Currently, in Myanmar, there is a situation taking place where the government are driving the Rohingya refugees out of their homes and they are being forced to Syria, another country in a state of unrest, because the refugees have no choice. Here is one perspective: the Rohingya people are being persecuted and unlawfully driven from their homes due to their race, religion and ethnicity. Whilst this appears grossly unfair, is it right to form an opinion straight away without knowing the other perspective? No.
Opposing this, there is also the view of the government and of Aung San Suu Kyi, the president of Myanmar, who the refugees are protesting against in order for her to do something about this. Aung San Suu Kyi has not said what she feels about the situation, but, if she did and the government did and the refugees did, they could look at their statements, and find out who’s to blame and, potentially, how to overcome the situation. Due to this, I do believe that everybody’s opinion should be delivered in a controlled and managed way, perhaps in front of the UN, in order to establish the best way forward.
Another reason why I agree with this statement is because of the right to freedom of speech. As humans, we have the right to free speech, and another right is that no one can prevent us from accessing any of our human rights. This indicates that everybody has the right to say what’s going on, and no one can stop us from doing so, as stated by the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.
Contrastingly, another human right is not to discriminate, so whilst we can voice our opinions, it cannot be offensive towards other people, nor can anything we say be in violation of another person’s human rights. In correlation to this, in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi is president of the country, but could potentially be imprisoned again if she spoke against the government. This just shows that this is taking her human right away from her, but she has no choice. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for persevering for her rights, but if she does the same thing this time, she will be arrested and maybe lose her power in the government altogether, so she is potentially very limited to what she can say and do to assist the Rohingya people so that it does not look like she is ostracising herself from her own government. To do this may cause further unrest and could result in a civil war in Myanmar due to it looking like their president is favouring the Rohingya. Again, anything done or said would have to be in a calculated and controlled way in front of an independent body of people.
Ultimately, I think that every view is important, no matter what.