THE GUARDIAN – Following their tirade against imperialism and the “capitalist oppressors,” Bolivia has made comments accusing the United States of hypocrisy after a debate around Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Laws arose.
After issues were brought up around how citizenship in Myanmar is granted, some member states felt that it was the right of the Rohingya people to be granted citizenship, as they are indigenous to the region and have previously not been granted citizenship on the basis of their religion. Others felt that Myamnar should, regardless of the citizenship of the Rohingya peoples, enforce and protect rights for all people.
Bolivia took issue in particular with the United States’ comments on this issue. After the United States aligned themselves with nations who had proposed suggesting Myanmar give citizenship to the Rohingya peoples, as they had lived in Myanmar and called it their home for generations. Yet afterwards when asked about this, the United States made it clear that they thought Myanmar “should not be forced to give them [the Rohingya peoples] citizenship, but [the Rohingya people] should be given basic rights…giving them citizenship would not fix the problem.”
Nonetheless, Bolivia made it clear they thought the United States’ was hypocritical in these statements, referencing the treatment and threats of deportation to Mexican immigrants and the “dreamers” (the 787, 580 people who arrived in the United States under the age of 16 with undocumented immigrant parents and lived there continuously since, who were previously protected under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to live, work, and study in the United States) under the current US administration.
As Bolivia noted these perceived hypocrisies on the part of the United States for supporting ideas that, in Bolivia’s opinion, were in opposition to their policies at home. This echoes statements made last year after Argentina tightened their restrictions on migrants entering the country and made it easier for migrants to be deported, when Bolivian President Evo Morales, urged the Argentinian president to “not follow the migratory policies of the north.”
The delegate of Bolivia said “this hypocrisy is obvious in the United States with [their] immigrants.” Bolivia noted “They [the United States] have…done so much damage to governments and people in Central and South America and are now turning their back to them” mentioning the numerous undocumented immigrants who have come to the United States after civil unrest, violence, and disaster.
Bolivia alleged “They are ignoring their hypocrisy.”
When asked to respond to Bolivia’s comments, the United States reaffirmed and clarified their stance was not to require Myanmar to give citizenship to the Rohingya people, but to ensure their human rights were respected.
The United States continued on, emphasizing their disappointment with Bolivia’s criticisms calling it “detrimental to the committee as a whole…the UN is a body of cooperation”, and in response to the issues of undocumented immigrants in their own nation said “the Security Council is not the place for domestic issues to be addressed.”
While the US does not want to bring up domestic issues, it seems, in the presence of states such as Bolivia, who seems to be set on bringing down “capitalist oppressors” starting with the United States, it may be unavoidable.