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Suu Kyi’s silence on Rohingya draws rare criticism

BANGKOK – She is known as the voice of Myanmar’s downtrodden, but there is one oppressed group that Aung San Suu Kyi does not want to discuss.

For weeks, Suu Kyi has dodged questions on the plight of a Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, prompting rare criticism of the woman whose struggle for democracy in Myanmar has earned her a Nobel Peace Prize and adoration worldwide.

Human rights groups have expressed disappointment in her stance on the Rohingya – who are widely reviled by the Buddhist majority in Myanmar. They say Suu Kyi could play a crucial role in making the world pay more attention to the Rohingya.

Analysts say the former political prisoner has undergone a transition into a politician who has to choose her causes carefully.