Myanmar has faced the threat of military overpower for ages. On 1st February 2021, the power of Myanmar’s democratically elected government was seized by the country’s army through an apparent coup. Aung San Suu Kyi, the former State Counselor of Myanmar and the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), won the elections with a landslide victory in November. According to the army chief, Senior General Aung Hlaing, the November voting poll was a fraud. The claims of the military were apparently ignored that led to staging the coup and detaining the major powers of the NDL party including Aung San Suu Kyi.
This event has been condemned by the United Nations declaring it to be disrespectful towards the democratic rights of Myanmar’s citizens. The UN has ordered the detainees to be released and democracy to be restored in Myanmar. There has been a declaration of a one-year-long state of emergency throughout the country. Read to know more about the UN’s reaction to Myanmar’s recent crisis:
Myanmar has faced the crisis of democratic death for decades. Aung San Suu Kyi has been kept under house arrest for propagating democratic ideas in the country and was released on 10th July 1995 after 3 years. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while she was still on house arrest. She was considered to be the “power of the powerless”. In 2015 she led the National League for Democracy (NLD) party and won the elections for the first time. It was a breakthrough moment when Myanmar saw the light of democratic power for the first time in 25 years.
Although she has been a perpetual threat to the oppressive military powers of Myanmar, her image was somewhat distorted later. Aung San Suu Kyi displayed much indifference and silence for the brutal persecution and the massive crises of the Muslim Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh for refuge. At the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Myanmar is still facing a lawsuit that accuses her of genocide. This factor has crucially parched the image of Aung San Suu Kyi as a human rights activist and the effectiveness of democracy in the country. Streets being emptied with curfew situations all over the country, the civilians of Myanmar stand in the face of disorientation and catastrophe once again. The military upheaval has once more proved the precarious nature of democracy and how it can be easily overthrown.