Myanmar beaty queen was stripped of title because of humiliation of rohingya

Fri, 06.10.2017 16:31

A Burmese beauty queen claims she has been stripped of her crown after accusing Rohingya Muslim militants of being “harbingers of terror and violence”.

Shwe Eain Si posted a video on Facebook last week where she claimed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - an insurgent group in Rakhine State - of committing violence “against an innocent civilian population”. 

The organiser confirmed it had taken the Miss Grand Myanmar title from the 19-year-old, but denied the video was behind the move. 

Hello Madam Media Group said on Sunday it was because she breached her contract by “exhibiting conducts not suitable for a pageant contestant”, including a failure to provide a proof of education and a lack of preparation for a trip to Vietnam.

Soe Yu Wai, Hello Madam’s director, told the BBC the decision did “not concern” her “Rakhine video”, and that she had been stripped of her title before the clip was published. 

Ms Shwe said she was using her “fame to speak out the truth for her nation”, and blamed the “jihadist, terrorist” ARSA for the “recent escalation of violence”.

More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have now fled Burma for Bangladesh, according to the United Nations, in what it has called “the world's fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare”.

The Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination by the majority Buddhist population, including being denied citizenship in a country the community has lived in for decades. 

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Source: Independent

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