Senior diplomats in Myanmar are set to depart on Wednesday for troubled northern Rakhine State, which has been closed to aid workers and observers for more than three weeks since deadly attacks on police border posts, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
The government of Aung San Suu Kyi has invited representatives of the United States, China, Britain and the European Union, and the top United Nations representative in the country, to visit the area over two days.
New satellite images reveal destruction in #Burma’s Rakhine State. Govt should allow UN to help investigate https://t.co/0KEZL626Yt pic.twitter.com/Qt9xXuH30g — Human Rights Watch (@hrw) October 31, 2016
Rakhine has sizzled with tension ever since waves of communal violence in 2012 killed more than 100 and pushed tens of thousands of people, mostly Rohingya, into destitute displacement camps.
Many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar insist the Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and viscerally oppose any moves to grant them citizenship.
The recent upsurge in violence deepens and complicates a conflict that already posed a top challenge to a new civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, who has disappointed rights groups by not coming out in stronger support of the Rohingya.
.@UN experts urge #Myanmar to address serious violations of human rights in northern #Rakhine State: https://t.co/CglMWBWnKu pic.twitter.com/0gLeW7TrIQ — UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) October 25, 2016