Angelina Jolie blasts sexual violence of Rohingya Women, Children
Published : 16 Nov 2017, 20:15:32
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has blasted sexual violence inflicted on Rohingya women in Myanmar and announced plans to visit Bangladesh to see the Rohingyas plight as she joined a UN Peacekeeping Ministerial in Canada, officials and reports said today.
A Special Envoy of the UNHCR and Co-Founder of Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, Jolie joined the event Canada's Vancouver city while a foreign office statement said "she shared with Bangladesh Delegation that she is planning to see the Rohingya victims of sexual violence".
It said The Hollywood superstar's comments came as Bangladesh's Armed Forces Division's principal staff officer Lieutenant General Mahfuzur Rahman in a close-door meeting on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse sought Jolie's support to voice against the sexual exploitation of Rohingya women and children.
"Later she mentioned accordingly in her keynote speech about the sexual violence faced by almost each female Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh and condemned the armed conflict in Myanmar," the statement read.
It added that Jolie deeply applauded Bangladesh's generous humanitarian approach towards the Rohingyas.
Angelina Jolie also congratulated Bangladesh along with Canada and UK for their leadership role in launching "women, peace and security Chief of Defence network" yesterday morning in Vancouver.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, accused today Myanmar security forces of committing widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing, echoing UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict Pramila Patten, who said sexual violence was "being commanded, orchestrated and perpetrated by the Armed Forces of Myanmar".
Myanmar's army, however, earlier this week issued a statement denying all allegations of rape and killings by its troops.-BSS