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Pope faces tricky Myanmar trip

Pope Francis flew to Myanmar yesterday in one of his most sensitive trips yet, as religious tensions fester in the mainly Buddhist nation that has bristled at global outrage over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar leader vows safe  repatriation of Rohingyas

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has reportedly promised to facilitate the safe repatriation of the Rohingya people who fled the strife-torn state to Bangladesh.

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‘We condemn all human rights violations’

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday any human rights violations in troubled Rakhine State and said anyone responsible would face the law, and that she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in the conflict there.

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FOR several weeks now, the world has been reading about the plight of the Rohingya refugees who are fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar. The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority living in Buddhist Myanmar where they are denied citizenship, rejected as Bengali immigrants, and have endured decades of persecution. Last month, Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar security forces which launched military reprisals, burning entire villages, and killing over a thousand people. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighboring Bangladesh which, although a Muslim nation like the Rohingyas, is a very poor country and cannot provide for the estimated 400,000 refugees who have fled from Myanmar.

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Duterte finds solace in Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

After some human rights advocates have criticized his brutal drug crackdown, President Duterte is taking refuge in Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement that every right comes with responsibility.

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Aung San Suu Kyi has denied the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Muslim minority, speaking to the BBC after the UN rights council agreed to investigate allegations against the army.

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