Myanmar tourism to open as human rights situation worsens

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The human rights situation has deteriorated in recent years

After 27 years, Myanmar is planning to reopen its tourism industry, starting in the middle of next year.

The country says the move will not only create jobs but also boost the economy. However the Human Rights Watch (HRW) has pointed out that the country has been involved in large-scale rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a minority in the country.

Meanwhile UN officials have expressed concerns.

WHO THEY ARE

Rohingya Muslims are believed to number about one million and are thought to be Burma’s largest ethnic minority.

The Burmese government regards them as foreigners with no right to citizenship.

The Rohingya are a distinct Muslim community from the country’s Rakhine state.

CHRONOLOGY

August 2017 – Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are forced to flee to Bangladesh following a government crackdown.

December 2017 – UN rights experts report “genocidal intent” by the military in Myanmar.

September 2018 – UN investigators say Myanmar government and security forces committed atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. The government says the accusations are false.

October 2018 – Campaigners accuse Burmese military of committing “gross violations” against civilians.

January 2019 – A New Year’s Day attack on Myanmar police by Rohingya rebels.

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