More than 65,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled conflict-torn northern Arakan State in recent months, seeking shelter across the border in Bangladesh, according to startling figures released by the United Nations this week.
Lee reportedly questioned whether female inmates are being subjected to pregnancy tests, suggesting that this is a violation of human rights.
A UN human rights investigator raised concern about whether Burma’s election could be credible, as dozens of Muslim candidates had been disqualified.
Burma’s unequal development and the unrest in the Kokang region are highlighted in the UN Special Rapporteur’s latest report.
“The sexist, insulting language used against [Yanghee Lee] by an influential monk during Ms Lee’s official visit to the country is utterly unacceptable.”
About 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing escalating violence in Burma had been halted at the border with Bangladesh, Bangladeshi security officials said on Saturday, as fresh fighting erupted in Burma’s northwestern Arakan State.