MYANMAR: INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS LEADERS VISIT RAKHINE REFUGEE CENTRES

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar A group of international religious leaders of different faiths has visited Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine state to see the living conditions of refugees in the area and the government’s efforts to ensure their safe return, the Myanmar Times reported.

U Myint Swe, leader of the Religion for Peace Myanmar, said they will make a report to the organisation’s 90 member countries about what they learned in northern Rakhine.

He said they also made recommendations to the authorities on how to improve relations between ethnic Rakhine and Muslims in the area.

The organisation will contribute to overcoming fear, hatred and intolerance in Rakhine.

The religious leaders visited Maungdaw over the weekend with the ambassadors of Japan, Norway, Indonesia and India.

Prior to their visit, the religious leaders met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the ministers of Religious Affairs and Culture; and Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement; and Labour, Immigration and Population.

Over 700,000 Muslims from northern Rakhine have fled to Bangladesh to escape renewed violence.

Source: NAM News Network