YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s government says it wants the international aid group Doctors Without Borders to leave a state torn by sectarian violence in a move linked to the agency’s work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.
Presidential spokesman Ye Htut told the Myanmar Freedom newspaper that the group’s contract in Rakhine state would not be extended. He is quoted as saying that the aid group had hired “Bengalis,” the term the government uses for Rohingya, and lacked transparency in its work.
He criticized the group over its handling of an attack in the remote northern part of the state last month. The United Nations says more than 40 Rohingya were killed, but the government insists only one Buddhist policeman died.
The international aid organization had no immediate comment.