Jared Genser is an American human-rights lawyer, who has represented many political prisoners and dissidents all over the world. From 2006 to 2010, he served as pro bono counsel to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy leader. A week ago, the Burmese military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi and the government in a coup d’état. Genser wrote about the issue here. And he talks about Burma—and his work generally—with Jay. Jay wants to know, “What just happened in Burma? What are the ins and outs?” And, beyond that, “What happened to Aung San Suu Kyi, the great lady? Was she always so dark, or cynical, or did she take a terrible turn?” Very, very interesting stuff, from an expert.

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  1. colleenb Member

    Thank you for the background on this coup. I do wonder, though, if we are trying to hold other countries to an impossible standard regarding human rights. Was it better for Aung San Suu Kyi to ‘work’ with the military and thereby have more freedoms for the majority of the Burmese people? Ideally she should have done something about the Rohinga situation but how much power did she really have?  

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