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The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar spoke out against rising religious violence in Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement addressing the violence being carried out against she said, “I have, in the past, raised concerns regarding incidents of hate speech, incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence, and of religious intolerance, and these appear to be drastically escalating.” The statements were made regarding Muslim Rohingya, however, they highlight the growing religious violence in Myanmar overall. Most of the media attention regarding religious violence in Myanmar has gone towards Rohingya Muslims while failing to acknowledge that Myanmar is fighting a religious war on two fronts. There are an estimated more than 100,000 displaced Christian Kachin on the borders of Myanmar who are under attack by Myanmar’s military.

5/20/2017 Myanmar (The Guardian) – Myanmar must do more to prevent the drastic escalation of religious intolerance and violence following clashes between ultranationalist Buddhists and minority Muslims in Yangon, a senior United Nations envoy has said.

Speaking to the Guardian, Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, called on the year-old National League for Democracy government led by Aung San Suu Kyi to strengthen its efforts to curb hate speech and violence drummed up by nationalist groups.

“I have, in the past, raised concerns regarding incidents of hate speech, incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence, and of religious intolerance, and these appear to be drastically escalating,” she said.

“I believe that the spread of anti-Muslim sentiments and rhetoric is not receiving the serious attention that it requires, and is too often left unchecked by the authorities. This cannot be tolerated any longer. The government must step up to take more concerted efforts to tackle and address such incidents.”

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