In Myanmar(formerly Burma), sits a lean built thin-faced woman, who has endured 15 years of house arrest, to emerge as the leader of the opposition National League for Democracy(NLD) party. She could become the next president of Myanmar in the 2015 election, but Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from running for the office of president in Myanmar because her two children are British citizens. Her deceased husband was British. And under Myanmar's constitution, a person with close connections to a foreign land is precluded from running for president.
As Myanmar makes reforms to democracy, the pace of change has lagged behind the times. Though most political prisoners have been freed, it's Constitution has not evolved to the point of inclusiveness of all the people born in Myanmar, but it makes the distinction to bar the likes of Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize laureate.
A Constitutional change could remove the barrier to her candidacy to the presidency, but with such a ratification, would the 69-year-old former prisoner and victim of dictatorship extend citizenship to and protect the human rights of the 1.3 million Rohingya Muslim minority in the Buddhist majority country?
United States(US) President Barack Obama who visited with Suu Kyi yesterday was puzzled at the "provision that would bar somebody from running for President because of who their children are...That doesn't make sense to me," President Obama concluded. But although Suu Kyi and her party have supported democratic reforms in Myanmar, Suu Kyi has not championed the cause of the Rohingya people whom the Myanmar government considers as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The plight of these people and of other religious minorities remain a destabilizing force within Myanmar and south Asia.
So if all things remain equal and a Constitutional change accords Suu Kyi the Presidency of the evolving country, a determining factor as to her success to complete Myanmar's transition to democracy, could be gauged by whether or not she extends full human rights to all minorities.