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Ending Myanmar’s Blame Game

No one is above blame for the human-rights abuses currently being committed in Myanmar's Rakhine state. But, in singling out State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for criticism, the international community is letting Myanmar’s generals – who misruled the country for decades – step back and watch as the crisis escalates.

YANGON – Human-rights abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have led to mounting international condemnation and calls for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry. The atrocities there must be investigated, and their perpetrators held to account. But the situation in Rakhine is now fueling criticism of Myanmar’s de facto head of government, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, in a way that is obscuring the military’s responsibility in the crisis.