Burma Times Correspondent: August 09, 2015
The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee said that the government has restricted her access to the troubled Arakan state.
Lee was speaking to reporters on Friday during her third official visit to the country.
State government officials claimed Lee was denied permission because of extreme weather conditions. She however rejected the claim saying she was disallowed even before the cyclone and flooding took place.
There are reports that much of the aid in Arakan state is for Buddhists only. Although some of the worst victims are Rohingya Muslims, most have not received any assistance. Under such a scenario, the government is likely to hamper the movement of international observers who will witness first hand the deteriorating condition of the Rohingya Muslim community.
During her last visit, Lee had to put up with Buddhist nationalists who alleged Lee was biased in the favour of Rohingya Muslims. U Wirathu, spiritual leader of the 969 movement went as far as to call her a whore, an action that received international shock and condemnation.