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Will the Rohingya Exodus Be Aung San Suu Kyi’s Fall From Grace?

posted on September 25, 2017

TIME’s Elizabeth Dias writes about Aung San Suu Kyi’s failure to address Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group. The human-rights icon is “the de facto leader of Myanmar’s civilian government.” Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, said, “She sees herself very deliberately now as a political actor inside of a changing Burma, not as an icon that essentially speaks out on human rights.” Dias adds, “Pope Francis will visit Myanmar in late November, followed by a visit to Bangladesh. The Vatican established diplomatic relations with Myanmar just four months ago, under his leadership, and unlike Suu Kyi, he has regularly defended the Rohingya by name.”

Read at TIME