UN slams sexist remarks used by Myanmar monk

2015-01-22 09:09

Yangon - The United Nations' human rights chief has urged Myanmar's leaders to protest sexist language used by an infamous ultranationalist Buddhist monk who — during a public rally last week — called a visiting UN envoy a "bitch" and a "whore".

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said the language used by Wirathu during Yanghee Lee's 10-day trip to the country was "utterly unacceptable".

The UN human rights reporter Yanghee Lee was the focus of criticism at a rally attended by Wirathu and several hundred people, many of them monks, last Friday.

Newfound freedoms of expression that accompanied predominantly Buddhist Myanmar's transition from a half-century of military rule to democracy in 2011 lifted the lid on deep-seated prejudice against members of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.