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Michelle Yeoh, star of Aung San Suu Kyi biopic, calls Rohingya conditions in Bangladesh ‘despicable’

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Hollywood star Michelle Yeoh says she is appalled by the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar into Bangladesh.

Yeoh, a goodwill ambassador for the UN Development Programme, visited sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar on Saturday as part of a Malaysian delegation led by the Southeast Asian nation’s military chief.

The team visited a hospital set up by Malaysia and distributed relief goods in another camp.

“It is very important that we’re here, because what the Rohingya people are going through is despicable and it’s very, very tragic. It should not be allowed,” she said.

“Every single one of them deserves to have the human rights that should be given to them.”

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August in what the UN has described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar’s military has denied the charges, saying they were conducting “clearance operations” following attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts.

Yeoh was most recently seen in sci-fi TV series Star Trek: Discovery.

She also played Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady, a 2011 biopic about the Nobel Peace laureate struggle to bring democracy to her country.

Suu Kyi has faced widespread international criticism for not speaking out in defence of the Rohingya. Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson resigned from an advisory panel on the crisis this past week, calling it a “whitewash and a cheerleading operation” for Suu Kyi.



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Foreigners arrested in Cambodia for ‘pornographic dancing’ at party

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Cambodia has arrested 10 foreigners for “singing and dancing pornographically”, police said Sunday, as the kingdom cracks down on racy behaviour at popular tourist sites.

The group, which could face a year in prison on pornography charges, was arrested Thursday at a villa in Siem Reap, the town connected to Cambodia’s famed ancient ruins of Angkor Wat.

Duong Thavry, chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in Siem Reap, said that some of those arrested were expats and others were tourists who had been in the country for several months.

“We cracked down on them because they committed activities that are against our culture,” she said.

Cambodia’s national police said on its website that authorities had arrested six British nationals, two Canadians, one New Zealander and one defendant whose citizenship was not identified.

All were arrested for “singing and dancing pornographically”, the police said in the weekend post, which showed photos of pairs simulating various sexual positions at a party.

Several people in the lewd images, however, do not appear in the group shot of the 10 defendants later posted by the police.

Authorities said dozens of tourists were let go after being informed of their inappropriate actions.

Britain’s Foreign Office said in a statement that it was in contact with the British nationals arrested in Cambodia, though it said the number was five, not six.

Tourists visiting Angkor Wat normally stay in Siem Reap, which has a number of hotels and late-night bars and clubs.

In recent years, authorities have clamped down on visitors posting revealing images of themselves at the nearby temple sites and in 2016, management said it would bar tourists wearing skimpy clothes.

The Angkor Archeological Park, a World Heritage Site, contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, dating from the 9th to the 15th centuries.

It is Cambodia’s most popular tourist attraction, receiving millions of visitors each year.



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