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Damning Rohingya report could hurt Aung San Suu Kyi more than Myanmar's generals

With chances of indicting military leaders slim, findings could instead shrink space for the civilian government, say analysts.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after delivering an address in Yangon on August 28, 2018. The address was Aung San Suu Kyi's first public appearance after Facebook banned Myanmar's army chief and other top military brass after a UN investigation recommended they face prosecution for genocide for a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. PHOTO: AFP
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YANGON - Since a brutal military crackdown caused over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee Myanmar, the United States, European Union and Canada have imposed sanctions on military officers deemed responsible for the atrocities.

But none of these sanctions applied to Myanmar's commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, now locked in an awkward embrace with the civilian government via a Constitution designed to retain the military's broad influence within an electoral democracy.

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