‘Ethnic cleansing’

Angelina Jolie castigates Myanmar for systematic mass-rape of Rohingya women

Actress and Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Operating in her role as special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie has condemned the mass rape of Rohingya women at the hands of Myanmar’s military. Since August, more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the majority Buddhist nation into neighboring Bangladesh in the wake of brutal campaign of violence that the U.N. has described as ethnic cleansing.

Speaking before a Bangladesh delegation in Vancouver, Canada, Jolie reportedly “condemned the armed conflict in Myanmar” and spoke “about the sexual violence faced by almost each female Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh,” according to a statement from Bangladesh’s foreign ministry. According to the United Nations, one in 10 people who have fled to Bangladesh are breastfeeding women — many of whom give birth in refugee camps, with or without medical assistance. Jolie also said that she was planning a trip to Bangladesh in order to visit Rohingya victims of sexual violence.

According to Human Rights Watch and Pramila Patten, the U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, mass rape is “being commanded, orchestrated and perpetrated by the Armed Forces of Myanmar.” On Monday, Myanmar’s military released a report claiming that they hadn’t killed or raped any Rohingya at all.

Read the full story at Reuters.

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