UN Security Council visits Myanmar in wake of Rohingya crisis

Bangkok – A UN Security Council delegation was scheduled to visit Myanmar on Monday as it considers responses to the country’s "ethnic cleansing" of minority Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled a Myanmar army crackdown to Bangladesh.

 The delegation, including diplomats from 15 Security Council member states, was scheduled to meet de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and commander in chief of the military Min Aung Hlaing in the capital, Napyitaw, on Monday, according to a copy of the schedule seen by dpa.
They were scheduled to visit repatriation centres in Myanmar's western Rakhine State on Tuesday.
Abuses including killings, rape and arson by security forces were reported in the state during a crackdown launched in the wake of Rohingya militant attacks in August, 2017, which UN experts have said bear the hallmarks of genocide.
The 24-member team led by Peruvian diplomat Gustavo Adolof Meza Cuadra Velasqez visited refugee camps in Bangladesh over the weekend.
Several hundred Rohingya gathered to meet the delegation in Cox’s Bazar, south-east Bangladesh, and handed it a list of 13 demands including UN protection, repatriation under UN supervision and citizenship.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar denies Rohingya access to citizenship, education, and healthcare and labels them “Bengali” to infer they are interlopers from Bangladesh.
Britain's UN ambassador Karen Pierce last week said it was "incredibly important" that the Security Council can see for itself the situation on the ground and help create the conditions for refugees to go home "in safety, security and dignity.”

Monday, April 30th 2018

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