It is not rivers or mountain ranges that divide people’s lives, but rather the system and the societies which fail to recognise migrants as human beings (equally entitled to fundamental human rights as host communities).
Toru Kobuta, the 27-year-old documentary filmmaker from Tokyo, and Ko Aung (57), founding member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions All Burma Federation of Student Unions ((ABFSU), talked about their ordeals in the hands of Myanmar’s notorious military intelligence agents.
“In the jargon of the United Nations circles, INGOs, and conventional academics, the term ‘statelessness’ obfuscates what is, in effect, state-organized, legally justified and popularly ‘morally’ sanctioned acts and processes of persecution of one or more marked and typically vulnerable human groups within the artificial ‘national’ borders.”
Many believe a country built without tenets of a strong moral foundation – the respect of human dignity - is a place unworthy. Does Aung San Suu Kyi's poisoned chalice hold two conflicting choices – moral rectitude or political expediency?