Thursday, February 22, 2018
The United Nations has reiterated its call for voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh saying Rohingyas need to feel that the situation is safe enough for them. “It is up for people to choose to go home. No one should choose for them. Any repatriation of Rohingyas back to Myanmar needs to be voluntary,” said Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric in regular briefing at the UN headquarters.
Without mentioning the Rohingya by name, Pope Francis spoke out in Myanmar of the need to respect all ethnic groups. It was unclear whether the pope pressed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has downplayed the severity of the attacks in the past, on the issue of persecution. William Brangham talks to Priscilla Clapp, former...
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Priscilla Clapp, U.S. Institute of Peace, says NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyii has made progress by bringing civilians into the peace process.
But Priscilla Clapp, who was U.S. chief of mission in Myanmar from 1999 to 2002 and is now a senior advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, said she objects to extreme words like genocide, holocaust, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, “because that is not what this is. This is not Yugoslavia.” Many groups on both sides of the conflict are working “very quietly” in Myanmar to resolve it, Clapp recently told a reporter for Claremont McKenna College’s website.
"An global response that consists primarily of assigning blame for this humanitarian tragedy is no longer tenable. It is time for the worldwide community to organise a realistic, workable solution."- Priscilla Clapp, senior advisor at the United States Institute of Peace and former US mission chief in Myanmar said.
Clapp is the co-author with Mort Halperin of what I consider one of the most important books you can read about US foreign policy. It’s called Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy, and as the title suggests, the book describes the role of the bureaucracy in shaping US foreign policy. We kick off with an extended conversation about that book, and then have another extended conversation about how Clapp, as the State Department official in charge of refugee programs in the late 1980s, used t...
“Some military units clearly viewed rape as a legitimate means of demoralizing and degrading their enemies,” Clapp said. “Yes, that was used. It still is, unfortunately.” “In reality, the military government was using violence against everybody, not just women,” she continued. “The army was an equal-opportunity violence machine, aimed at men, women, and children.”
Consequently, the idea that a U.S. president has the power to remove sanctions on Myanmar is misguided. It will take both the president and an unpredictable Congress to bring this chapter in U.S.-Myanmar relations to an end.
The US removed a number of Myanmar companies and banks from its sanctions list on Tuesday but kept the bulk of its remaining measures in place despite the country’s landmark change in government.