Myanmar: U.N. Envoy Visits Troubled State

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A United Nations human rights envoy on Monday visited the state of Rakhine just days after the police opened fire on protesters seeking access to the body of a Rohingya Muslim fisherman. One person was killed and 10 others were wounded in the confrontation on Friday, said a government spokesman, Win Myaing. Over the past year more than 250 people have been killed in religious violence, most of them minority Muslims, and 140,000 have been forced to flee their homes. A United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, Tomás Ojea Quintana, is on an 11-day visit, including a stop in Rakhine, scene of some of the worst bloodshed. After the battered body of a fisherman washed ashore on Friday in Sittwe, rumors spread among Rohingya Muslims that he had been killed by the police. Mr. Win Myaing said the police fired into the air when 500 Rohingyas who were demanding access to the body attacked a police checkpoint. After more protesters gathered, the officers shot into the crowd, wounding at least 10, he said. One of the men died of his wounds, he said. (AP)

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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