Myanmar's army has repeatedly been accused of waging a brutal campaign against Muslim Rohingya in the country's western Rakhine state. Rohingya who have fled across the border to Bangladesh describe rapes and killings.
Myanmar's security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya minority, the UN's top human rights official said before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council. People are still fleeing their homes.
The pope has insisted any public criticism of the plight of the Rohingya during his Myanmar trip would have backfired. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been forced from their homes, accused of being interlopers.
Pope Francis has rounded off his trip to Asia by visiting a Bangladeshi orphanage and home for the disabled run by Mother Teresa's order. It followed the pontiff's anticipated encounter with the Rohingya Muslim refugees.
Crisis management, Catholic style: During his visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, Pope Francis will make a stand against the political abuse of religion. It's an extremely delicate mission, says DW's Astrid Prange.
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