Pope calls for quick release of detained politicians in Myanmar

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 08-02-2021 19:00:00 · 0 Comments

Pope Francis has called for the “quick” release of political leaders detained in Myanmar (formerly Burma) following the military coup that ousted Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.

The “coup d'état led to the arrest of several political officials, who I hope will be quickly released as a sign of encouragement to sincere dialogue for the good of the country,” the Pope said.

Pope Francis made a historic visit to the predominantly Buddhist country in November 2017, before continuing a visit to Bangladesh, where he spoke about the persecution of Rohingya Muslims and met some refugees who fled Myanmar.

During his visit to Myanmar , during which he spoke with the leader of the executive, Aung San Suu Kyi, Francisco did not utter the word “Rohingya” (a social minority) once, as it is a taboo word in the country.

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