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ASEAN Talks Tough on Rohingya Crisis

A groundswell of international condemnation of Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government's refusal to take action on atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya minority is spreading closer to home. Nearly 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state have fled a brutal military crackdown that has seen systematic rape, mass killings and the torching of entire villages in what the U.N. has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), who usually stand by the block's mantra of non-interference in each other's internal affairs, have now joined the chorus of outrage — calling for prosecutions of those responsible. In a particularly pointed intervention, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told Turkish television network TRT World this week that Suu Kyi had lost his support for her role in "what appears like a genocide." "We have not minced words about...

 

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