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ASEAN Summit Blasted for Silence on Burmese Persecution of Rohingya

HeadlineNov 13, 2017

President Trump was in Manila for the opening of a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. The regional body is facing criticism for failing to address the crisis in Burma, where the United Nations has accused Burma of waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims. Burmese leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi spoke in Manila but did not mention the crisis. Aung San Suu Kyi was once a critic of ASEAN’s policy of non-interference. In 1999, when she was fighting for democracy in Burma, she wrote, “This policy of non-interference is just an excuse for not helping. In this day and age, you cannot avoid interference in the matters of other countries.”

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