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Bullying in Myanmar

Myanmar was Burma under British occupation during 1824 to 1948. It became Myanmar under military rule from 1962 to the present time. Statistics on bullying, bullying cases, bullying facts, internet bullying, high school bullying, office bullying, bullying awareness, and facts about cyberbullying, are virtually non-existent for the country of Myanmar.

There are no studies of Facebook bullying or using social media for bullying in Myanmar or reports of sibling bullying. There are no laws against bullying in Myanmar. Myanmar is so far behind in learning how to handle bullying. There is no bullying information, resources, and no official actions taken to prevent bullying. This is not to say that bullying in Myanmar does not exist. It is just that information about it is difficult to obtain.

The society in Myanmar is so backwards there is no way to know how to handle bullying there. There are no cyberbullying laws because access to the Internet is restricted. The characteristics of daily life in Myanmar leave little freedom. The average person experiences ordinary life as if being taken back to about fifty years ago, when things were much more primitive.

The concept of a bully, bullying statistics, dealing with bullies, and workplace bullying are non-existent in Myanmar. It is impossible to stop bullying and the types of bullying when there is no definition of bullying and no discussion of bullying at school such as high school bullying or bullying at university. In Myanmar, there is no information about how to stop bullying or why people bully there, and a complete absence of nobullying programs.

One type of bullying that the military rule exhibits in Myanmar, which outsiders became very aware of, is political bullying. This is not a good thing. There is horrible verbal, physical, and psychological bullying in Myanmar of any opposition to the military dictatorship rule. Political bullying in Myanmar is extremely brutal. The military rule under the junta that controlled Myanmar for the past forty years to the present day, is the one of the most brutal, horrible examples of political bullying in the world.

World Recognition of the “Lady”
The persecution by the military rulers in Myanmar of Aung San Suu Kyi became worldwide news in spite of the efforts made to contain it. This woman is outstanding. She received a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to bring democratic reforms to Myanmar. They call Aung San Suu Kyi the “Lady.”

The reason the people of Myanmar called Aung San Suu Kyi the Lady, is because of her while dedicated to political opposition of the military junta that controls the country, she remained dignified, sincere, and she showed that her love for the people of Myanmar was greater that any of her personal desires. She gave up her personal freedom to fight for her country.

The History of Political Bullying in Myanmar

Biography notes that Aung San Su Kyi was born in the city of Rangoon, which is the capital of Myanmar in 1945. Her father, who was Prime Minister when she was a child, died from assassination in 1947. She studied abroad and got her university degree from Oxford. While in England, she married Michael Aris and they had two children.

In 1988, she returned to Myanmar to take care of her mother who was ill. The country was in the midst of a political revolt because of the harsh rule of the military dictatorship. The military brutally slaughtered protesters. Because of this, she began publicly speaking out against the government at that time. In 1989, she was put under house arrest and prohibited from having any contact with the outside world.

The military offered to free her, if she would leave the country and not return. She refused. She said she would stay in the country until an elected civilian group ran the government and all political prisoners were freed.

During an election in 1990, her political party, the National League from Democracy, won 80% of the seats in parliament. The military rule ignored the election results and by force held on to power. Since 1990, occasionally she was freed from house arrest for a short time, only to be arrested again after continuing her political activities.

In 2010, the military finally released her from house arrest, due to a combination of internal and international pressure. In 2015, the National League for Democracy once again won the popular vote by a landslide. This allowed them to select the President and they choose an associate of the Lady, Htin Kyaw. They also created a new governmental position of state counselor for the Lady, which has more power than the position of the President and allows the Lady to control the affairs of Myanmar.

After years of perseverance, the Lady slowly gained enough political power to make fundamental changes in the rule of Myanmar. The country is now more open than it was before and the people have more freedom.

Military Junta of Myanmar Failed to Silence the Lady

Before the efforts of the Lady were noticed on the world scene, the military junta got away with the most brutal bullying of Myanmar, they military junta put her and many others from the political opposition under arrest. They subjected her to house arrest for years, rather than to allow her to have any political power.

Military Rule of Myanmar Weakens While the Love of the Lady Increases.

The military junta of Myanmar tried to suppress the message of the Lady. They did everything in their power for decades to harm her and silence her. They were afraid to kill her because if they did such a thing the people of Myanmar would rise up and overthrow the government. In spite of all the things they did to try to stop her, to diminish her, and to silence her message, she remained steadfast in her cause to free the people of Myanmar from the oppressive military rule.

The Legacy Lives On

The legacy of the Lady lives on despite the military political bullying. The military junta of Myanmar did everything possible to silence her, but they failed. She remains strong as ever. She is even stronger than before. The reduction of the junta’s repressive regime and the move toward democratic rule in Myanmar is evidence of the Lady’s effectiveness.

Summary

When people in western countries fight against political bullying they do so in a society that is open to democratic processes that allow for change. Even if the fight is difficult there is a pathway to take that allows a change to occur. In repressive regimes like Myanmar, there was no pathway at all. A new way of government needed to arise in spite of the repressive rule. Only the immense personal courage and dedication allowed the Lady to bring about democratic change in Myanmar that most of her people thought was nearly impossible.

She is a hero to all of her people and recognized as a powerful force for good by the global community. We thank her for her strength of character. She is a shining example of how the desire for freedom and self-rule by democracy can overcome all obstacles in spite of the bullying and the persecution.

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