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Damned by her silence

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Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo by Reuters

Aung San Suu Kyi has been universally admired around the world for championing the rights of the Burmese people. She sacrificed her family life, her freedom and, sometimes, her health, in her campaign to capture the soul of her country and the future of her people.

Emerging from two decades of struggle, she has now stood by as hundreds of thousands of her fellow Burmese are persecuted massacred and driven from their homes because of their religion.

The United Nations yesterday denounced Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. In an address to the UN human rights council in Geneva, Zeir Ra'ad Al Hussein denounced the ''brutal security operation'' against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he says is clearly disproportionate to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

Myanmar's foreign affairs ministry says it shares global concerns at the displacement and suffering........

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