Myanmar’s Suu Kyi makes first visit to Rakhine
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited the conflict-torn area of northern Rakhine state for the first time.
Suu Kyi arrived in the state capital Sittwe and headed to restive northern Rakhine where many Rohingya villages were located.
Rohingya persecution in Myanmar
- The Rohingya persecution in Myanmar refers to the ongoing military crackdown by the Myanmar Army and police on Rohingyas in Rakhine State in the country’s western region. While the majority of Rohingyas are Muslim, attacks have also occurred against Hindu Rohingyas.
- The crackdown was in response to attacks on Myanmar border posts in October 2016 by Rohingya insurgents. The Myanmar army have been accused of wide-scale human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, gang rapes, arson and infanticides, claims which the government dismisses as “exaggerations”.
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