Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
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Myanmar's military to investigate itself on Rohingya rape allegations

Myanmar's military to investigate itself on Rohingya rape allegations

The plight of Rohingya people in Rakhine state has received much global attention, following an exodus of more than 700,000 people to neighbouring Bangladesh after a military crackdown last August.

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners have been ramping up efforts to help Bangladesh's bid to mitigate some of the expected impacts of the rainy season of May and June, during which, according to an initial risk analysis, at least 100,000 Rohingya refugees could be in grave danger from landslides and floods.

Aung San Suu Kyi was helpful and asked the council to share evidence with Myanmar authorities, she said, adding that the Security Council would reflect on how best to respond to the State Counsellor's Office, including an investigation mechanism to provide it with evidence.

The military chief posted a summary of his meeting with the United Nations envoys on his official Facebook page, in which he attributed the refugee crisis to "terror acts of extremist Bengali terrorists".

US President Donald Trump has assured Bangladesh of continuing to exert its pressure on Myanmar to create necessary conditions for the safe and voluntary return of the Rohingyas to their homeland.

The U.N. has described Myanmar's response to deadly attacks on police posts by Rohingya insurgents as "ethnic cleansing", stopping short of calling it what some human rights activists have: genocide.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement for the voluntary return of refugees who are eligible for repatriation pending verification.

"We are not asking Myanmar government something new".

Myanmar has yet to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Development Programme and U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) on working together on the repatriation of refugees.

Myanmar can set up such a probe through an International Criminal Court (ICC) referral or by holding its own comprehensive inquiry, she said.

The delegation visited northern Rakhine State yesterday by helicopter, where they met local government representatives and members of civil society. "And we also mentioned the importance of the investigation regarding what happened here before the refugees went to Bangladesh".

Adams said it's important to note that while the doing its job, the U.N. Security Council is a political body made up of governments and that, "they're not doing their job".

"Their faces clearly showed that they didn't believe anything we said".

He also pointed out that numerous Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, already living in poor and crowded conditions, face further misery with the early onset on the monsoon season, with a strong risk of landslides and flooding. They are denied freedom of movement and other basic rights.

Envoys from the 15 council members on Sunday visited camps around Cox's Bazar where about 700,000 Rohingya have sought refuge since Myanmar's military launched a crackdown on their community in Rakhine state last August.

Human rights abuses and conflict in Kachin and the northern Shan states have also ramped up.

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