Myanmar’s Parliamentary house speaker Shwe Mann took time out on Wednesday to welcome UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie Pitt to parliament.
Angelina – who is also there in her capacity as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative – arrived in the country with her 11-year-old son Pax yesterday (29.07.15) and has a busy schedule during her four-day visit. “With elections on the horizon in November, it is an important moment for people to exercise their democratic rights and help to address the fundamental issues critical to a peaceful future”.
Myanmar will hold general elections on November 8.
The root cause of all problems and complexities, being faced by the Rohingya Muslims, is denial of the citizenship rights, they said, while appealing to Angelina Jolie to play her active role by asking the Myanmar Government to ensure that the Rohingya Muslims must have equal access to Burmese citizenship.
And her Cambodian-born son Maddox will help with research and preparation for the film, Jolie said in an interview with The Associated Press. “She arrived to Naypyidaw this morning, and will stay there for one day”, an official who greeted her at the airport told Irrawaddy.
The Kung Fu Panda actress was invited by the leader of the opposition in the dictatorship, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
She had intended visiting displaced persons in another camp in Rakhine state in the northwest of the country, but had to cancel because of severe weather warnings.
Jolie’s 2001 hit, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, was filmed partly at Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex, and a year later she adopted seven-month-old Maddox from an orphanage in western Cambodia.