Benedict XVI

Pope demands rights for all in Myanmar without referencing ‘Rohingya'

Pope demands rights for all in Myanmar without referencing ‘Rohingya'

Pope Francis insisted Tuesday that Myanmar's future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been subject to decades of discrimination and a recent military crackdown described by the U.N. as a textbook campaign of “ethnic cleansing.”

Francis didn't cite the crackdown or even utter the contested word “Rohingya” in his speech to Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other authorities and diplomats in the capital. But he lamented how Myanmar's people have suffered “and continue to suffer from civil conflict and hostilities,” and insisted that everyone who calls Myanmar home deserves to have their...

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