The Rohingya Are Suu Kyi's Litmus Test for a Legitimate Democracy

November 10, 2015 1:14 AM

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The Rohingya Are Suu Kyi's Litmus Test for a Legitimate Democracy

The smiling faces of Burmese voters demonstrate an exuberant nation prepared for a new era of democracy and political freedom. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is poised to win an historic landslide victory in Myanmar's parliamentary elections.

The smiling faces of Burmese voters, however, also hide the tragic reality for many in Myanmar -- the continued exclusion and persecution of Muslims, especially the Rohingya people. This key issue looms like a shadow over the continued consolidation of democratic rule in a country that has been plag...

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