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Women lawyers fight Myanmar junta on legal battlefield

Coup upends life for many young attorneys driven by concern and conscience

Zar Li, center, discusses new cases with her team of lawyers. Most of her colleagues are women. (From Facebook)

Zar Li is not the same lawyer she was in January. In the "old Myanmar" she used to like hanging out in her Yangon apartment, performing a Whitney Houston song or cooking her favorite dishes. Now, under constant threat to her life, she works relentlessly under searing sun outside Yangon prisons to defend protesters against the Myanmar military regime that seized power on Feb. 1.

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