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Pope avoids mentioning Rohingya in Myanmar address

Pope Francis called for respect for rights and justice in a keenly-watched address in Myanmar on Tuesday, but refrained from any mention of the Rohingya or the ethnic cleansing that has driven huge numbers of the Muslim minority from the country. Sharing a stage with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital, Naypyidaw, he did not address the Rohingya crisis head-on but instead tip-toed around the unfolding humanitarian emergency. Peace can only be achieved through “justice and a respect for human rights”, he said in a broadly-framed speech that also called for “respect for each ethnic group and its identity”. The word “Rohingya”, an incendiary term in a…

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