Myanmar's Monk Stands by Offensive Language Against UN Envoy

January 22, 2015 4:03 PM

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Following a stinging rebuke by the United Nations' human rights chief, Myanmar's ultranationalist Buddhist monk fired back Thursday, saying he didn't regret calling a U.N. special envoy a "whore" and a "bitch" after she criticized a bill opposed to interfaith marriage and religious conversions.

U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee visited Rakhine state last week, where hundreds of people, most of them minority Muslims, have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced since 2012 in violence which the monk Wirathu has been accused of inciting.

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