23 Jan Myanmar government unlikely to take action against monk after 'whore' slur

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Buddhist monk U Wirathu delivers a speech during a protest against a UN resolution urging Myanmar to offer Muslim Rohingya full citizenship in Yangon on January 16, 2015. During the speech, he used harsh words against UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
 Buddhist monk U Wirathu delivers a speech during a protest against a UN resolution urging Myanmar to offer Muslim Rohingya full citizenship in Yangon on January 16, 2015. During the speech, he used harsh words against UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar president's office spokesman U Zaw Htay said on January 22, that the religious affairs ministry had been asked to look into the "rude and harsh" comments made by controversial monk U Wirathu, but he indicated the government was unlikely to take action.

"We have not received any official complaint yet. And since it is a monk issue, we can't deal it with directly," he told AFP.

Influential cleric Wirathu rained insults on United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee in a firebrand speech to cheering supporters, calling her a "whore in our country" for criticising controversial draft bills considered discriminatory to women and minorities.

The UN's human rights chief said the comments, which come amid rising Buddhist nationalism in diverse but conflict-prone Myanmar, were "intolerable", in a strongly-worded statement to the former junta-run nation.

"The sexist, insulting language used against the UN's independent human rights expert on Myanmar... is utterly unacceptable," UN human rights chief MrZeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement issued January 21.

He called on religious and political leaders in the country "to unequivocally condemn all forms of incitement to hatred, including this abhorrent public personal attack against an UN-appointed expert".

by Nan Tin HTWE

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