Write on Thursday, 05 February 2015 Published in Ed/Op
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Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Friday January 16 wasn’t exactly a shining moment for the image of Buddhism in Myanmar. As the UN special rapporteur for human rights, Yanghee Lee, was wrapping up her second visit, prominent nationalist monk, the Venerable U Wirathu, unleashed a vitriolic attack in a speech in Yangon.

Write on Friday, 23 January 2015 Published in Myanmar
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.

Write on Friday, 23 January 2015 Published in Myanmar
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee talks to the media during a news conference at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon on January 16, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee talks to the media during a news conference at the Sedona Hotel in Yangon on January 16, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee says that she will wait and see how the Myanmar government responds to Buddhist monk U Wirathu’s abusive comments about her.

Write on Thursday, 22 January 2015 Published in Myanmar
Myanmar Buddhist monk U Wirathu (C) participates in a protest against visiting the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee in Yangon on January 16, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
 Myanmar Buddhist monk U Wirathu (C) participates in a protest against visiting the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee in Yangon on January 16, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

GENEVA (AFP) - The UN human rights chief on January 21 urged Myanmar to condemn attacks on his envoy, who was labelled a "whore" after criticising controversial draft bills considered discriminatory to women and minorities.

Write on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 Published in Myanmar
Buddhist monks carry placards during a protest against a UN resolution urging Myanmar to offer Rohingyas full citizenship in Yangon  on January16, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
Buddhist monks carry placards during a protest against a UN resolution urging Myanmar to offer Rohingyas full citizenship in Yangon  on January16, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's most high profile radical nationalist monk on January 20 defended calling a UN rights envoy a "whore" over her objections to controversial draft bills seen as discriminatory to women and minorities.

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