In a statement issued on the eve of Obama’s visit, the Myanmar government said it would invite the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish an office in the former army-ruled nation.
Myanmar also released 56 political prisoners yesterday in an amnesty coinciding with a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday said Myanmar local security forces killed Muslim villagers and assaulted people trying to flee a fresh outbreak of sectarian violence in western Rakhine state last month.

Local forces killed ethnic minority Muslims in the town of Kyauk Pyu while government troops “stood by and watched”, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Soldiers from the local border guard force meanwhile “severely beat” dozens of displaced Rohingya Muslims arriving by boat near the Rakhine state capital Sittwe from violence-hit local villages, it added.