No light in the darkness for Aung San Suu Kyi

Once compared to democracy icon Nelson Mandela, Myanmar's leader now faces international condemnation
No light in the darkness for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi hands money to people during an opening ceremony of a Buddhist pagoda on Nov. 11. She is facing international pressure for her handling of the Rohingya crisis. (Photo: Thet Aung/AFP)

Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi are in hot water again over the country’s mistreatment of minorities, specifically the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. In recent weeks, three international lawsuits have been filed against Myanmar over brutal atrocities in 2016 and 2017.

Myanmar, once a tolerant and peaceful country, has made global headlines during five decades of iron-fisted military rule due to civil wars, ethno-religious conflicts, the crushing of dissent, human rights violations and a deadly rise in Buddhist nationalism.

The nation’s military dictators and their collaborators have never been held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

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