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Myanmar Muslims hope UN envoy's visit will bring change

  • FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, Rohingya from Myanmar watch a television program about them being shown on a mobile phone inside a tea stall at an unregistered refugee camp in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar, a southern coastal district about, 296 kilometers (183 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, that they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, Rohingya from Myanmar watch a television program about them being shown on a mobile phone inside a tea stall at an unregistered refugee camp in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar, a southern coastal district about, 296 kilometers (183 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, that they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 1, 2016 file photo, Yanghee Lee, U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, speaks during a media conference in Yangon, Myanmar. Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, that they hope positive change will result from Lee's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes. Lee concluded a three-day visit Sunday to probe the situation in northern Rakhine, where an army crackdown has driven an estimated 65,000 Muslim ethnic Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh in the past three months. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

    FILE - In this July 1, 2016 file photo, Yanghee Lee, U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, speaks during a media conference in Yangon, Myanmar. Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, that they hope positive change will result from Lee's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes. Lee concluded a three-day visit Sunday to probe the situation in northern Rakhine, where an army crackdown has driven an estimated 65,000 Muslim ethnic Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh in the past three months. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, Rohingya from Myanmar who recently crossed over to Bangladesh, huddle in a room at an unregistered refugee camp in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar, a southern coastal district about, 296 kilometers (183 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, that they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, Rohingya from Myanmar who recently crossed over to Bangladesh, huddle in a room at an unregistered refugee camp in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar, a southern coastal district about, 296 kilometers (183 miles) south of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, that they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)  (The Associated Press)

Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state say they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses of minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes.

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Yanghee Lee concluded a three-day visit Sunday to probe the situation in northern Rakhine, where an army crackdown has driven an estimated 65,000 Muslim ethnic Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh in the past three months.

Lee is on a 12-day visit to Myanmar to assess the rights situation. She is focusing her attention on the Rohingya, who mostly live in Rakhine state. She said she would present a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in March.