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Aung Suu Kyi Finally Breaks Her Silence on Persecuted Rohingya

Some 400,000 Rohingya have fled persecution in recent weeks, sparking a humanitarian crisis across the border in Bangladesh.

Tim Hume

Associated Press Photo

An eagerly awaited speech by Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya Muslim crisis was slammed by critics Tuesday, who accused the Myanmar leader of "victim blaming" and "burying her head in the sand over the horrors."

In a national address, Suu Kyi condemned "all human rights violations and unlawful violence" in the western state of Rakhine, yet failed to condemn alleged atrocities carried out by the Myanmar military against Rohingya Muslims.

Some 400,000 Rohingya have fled persecution in recent weeks, sparking a humanitarian crisis across the border in Bangladesh.

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