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Angelina Jolie Pitt In Myanmar: Hollywood Actress And UN Special Envoy Set To Meet Displaced Rohingyas

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Angelina Jolie Pitt In Myanmar: Hollywood Actress And UN Special Envoy Set To Meet Displaced Rohingyas
July 30
17:41 2015

Jolie, a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ office, will visit troubled the Arakan state and meet the displaced Rohingya minority community.

Angelina Jolie Pitt arrived in Myanmar for her first visit to the country on Wednesday, media reports said. “She arrived to Naypyidaw this morning, and will stay there for one day,” an official who greeted her at the airport told Irrawaddy.

She was welcomed by Myanmar’s house speaker Shwe Mann, who led her to Parliament, according to Democratic Voice of Burma.

“The four-day visit will encompass both challenges arising from the legacy of conflict, and issues that will help determine the future of the country,” the British Embassy in Rangoon said in a statement released on its Facebook page.

“Angelina Jolie Pitt will carry out engagements in her capacity as Co-Founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and as UNHCR Special Envoy will carry out field visits to displaced people in Burma’s conflict-affected states,” the embassy, which is coordinating Jolie’s visit, said.

“I am looking forward to meeting with many people including women’s groups, civil society, displaced people and youth, to learn firsthand from them about their concerns and hopes for the future of their country,” Jolie said in a statement.

“With elections on the horizon in November it is an important moment for people to exercise their democratic rights and help to address the fundamental issues critical to a peaceful future,” she added.

Jolie’s Myanmar visit is part of a tour of south east Asian countries as a U.N. special envoy promoting human rights, reported Daily Mail. She arrived to Myanmar from Cambodia, where she directed a film “First They Killed My Father” based on atrocities perpetuated by Khmer Rouge regime in 1970s.

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Source: HNGN.



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