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Myanmar is in crisis.This escalating conflict is threatening to undermine Myanmar's ongoing democratic transition – and to tarnish irrevocably the reputation of the country's de facto leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.This represents a tragic departure for Suu Kyi, who previously won international acclaim – and a Nobel Peace Prize – for her role in the fight for democracy in Myanmar. The rise to power of her National League for Democracy in 2015 marked the end of 50 years of military rule in the country formerly known as Burma, and seemed to herald a new era, in which the human rights of all inhabitants would be respected and protected.The military, which holds 25 percent of the seats in Parliament, has already blocked Suu Kyi from becoming president, and, along with Myanmar's nationalists, it continues to constrain her authority.By attacking the Rohingya, the military secures the support of Buddhist monks, who remain influential in Myanmar and could thus challenge the military's authority.
ASEAN needs to take a different approach to the Rohingya crisis
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