Aung San Suu Kyi Asks U.S. Not to Refer to ‘Rohingya’ – The New York Times

Mark Geoffrey Kirshner

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The leader of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government in decades advised the American ambassador against using the term to describe a persecuted group of Muslims.

Source: Aung San Suu Kyi Asks U.S. Not to Refer to ‘Rohingya’ – The New York Times

The Rohingya, Muslims in a Buddhist land, are reviled by the majority. They have lived in Myanmar for generations but are denied many basic rights. Credit Tomas Munita for The New York Times
BANGKOK — Myanmar recognizes 135 ethnic groups within its borders. But the people who constitute No. 136? They are the people-who-must-not-be-named.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government since 1962, embraced that view last week when she advised the United States ambassador against using the term “Rohingya” to describe the persecuted Muslim population that has lived in Myanmar for generations.

Her government, like the previous military-led one, will not…

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