This weekend’s historic election is looking like a showdown between the military-backed ruling party and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Meanwhile, the campaign has seen growing friction between Muslims and Buddhists.
Within 24 hours, roughly 20,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, according to UN sources. Rights groups have urged the Burmese government to allow monitors into affected areas to "uncover what's going on."
The Oxford College where Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi studied has taken her portrait down from public display. This follows international criticism over her role in her country’s humanitarian crisis.
More than 70,000 people have fled sectarian violence in Myanmar amid a widening military crackdown. But a Rohingya insurgency has also prompted smaller Buddhist and Hindu groups to flee Myanmar's poorest state.
The UN's human rights chief has rebuked Myanmar for a "brutal security operation" against Rohingya Muslims. Over 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in the country's Rakhine state.
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