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UN Envoy: Myanmar Camps for Muslims 'Deplorable'

Myanmar Muslims, who identify themselves as long-persecuted “Rohingya” Muslims, sit on the ground at Da Paing camp for Muslim refugees in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, April 2, 2014.
Myanmar Muslims, who identify themselves as long-persecuted “Rohingya” Muslims, sit on the ground at Da Paing camp for Muslim refugees in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, April 2, 2014.
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The United Nations' new human rights envoy to Myanmar, also known as Burma, says camps housing tens of thousands of homeless Muslims are "deplorable."

Yanghee Lee spoke to reporters in Yangon Saturday at the end of her first official 10-day visit to the country.

She said many Muslims living in camps for the dispossessed do not have access to basic services.

Lee said she has gotten disturbing reports of people dying because of a lack of emergency medical care and treatment for preventable diseases.

She said Mynamar's Muslims continue to face discrimination, including restrictions on food, water, schools, and where they can live

Lee warns that Myanmar may be backtracking from the recent improvements in human rights and political freedom. Gone unchecked, she said it could undermine the country's efforts to become a responsible member of the world community.

The sometimes deadly violence between Mynamar's Buddhist majority and Muslim minority has forced about 140,000 Muslims out of their homes and into the camps.

Some information for this report comes from AP and Reuters.

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by: nottdownnlwin from: yangon
July 27, 2014 8:08 PM
Yanghee Lee, it is UN's duty. Nothing needs to be said as most of them are illegal immigrants. You agitate the problem and exaggerate.


by: lstmohican from: USA
July 27, 2014 9:45 AM
UN and other international organizations are controlled by the 57 member Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC). While infrastructure, roads and medicine are being poured for the muslims, none of it ever reaches the indigenous Buddhist Rakhine and other people (Christians, Hindus, and animists) in the area. Also, the muslims are being encouraged to migrate from the neighboring muslim of Bangladesh (population approaching 200 million in an area smaller than the Iowa state) and engage in jihadi terror against the indigenous “infidel” people.
During Bangladesh independence war in 1970-71, when 3 million with Bangladeshis were killed by the Pakistan army, the indigenous Rakhine people hosted over 500,000 refugees without the support from international organizations. Let no one accuse the indigenous Rakhine people for lack of compassion. Now the muslims are the majority is some areas and instead of being thankful and loyal to the host nation (Myanmar) and the indigenous people, they are now engaged in jihad (arson, murder, rape) in an attempt to establish a new country called “Newrosia” with the help from Bangladesh and the OIC.


by: bola saka from: ilorin ,nigeria
July 27, 2014 6:58 AM
when mymmar muslims become radical due to negligent and suppression then American and allies will tag them islamic terorist organisation.God is watching.


by: GregAbdul from: Miami
July 27, 2014 5:31 AM
The media bias in this article is wrong. There is not "violence between Muslims and Myanmar's Buddhists..."

Is one sided. The Buddhist are doing all the killing and now they have Muslims locked in concentration camps. They are doing ethnic genocide.

Please be fair and report the slaughter that is taking place instead of making it seem like a fight where they trade blows. Muslims are the only people in the world being locked in concentration camps and it is anything but fair when you pretend like there is some conflict in Burma that justices the governments genocidal treatment of Muslims there.


by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
July 27, 2014 12:23 AM
This kind of abuses and passive violence should be more widely published to the world. The Burmese government should be warned and reprimanded.

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