Rohingya displacement since the Andaman Sea crisis, and the metaphors used to describe it, are a powerful illustration that human rights remains a discourse of the powerful about the powerless – and now is the time for a more inclusive approach.
So far accountability for boat crises in the ASEAN region have been ineffective. It’s time to consider new and even radical approaches that would send a clear message to the world and the region that inaction in the face of hundreds fleeing by boat to seek asylum will not be tolerated.
The current humanitarian challenge for Rohingya people can be managed with leadership, strategic planning, creative diplomacy, advocacy and a degree of political good luck, but luck alone is insufficient. There are solutions the Rohingya deserve, and they demand urgent consideration.