Publicado: Vie, May 04, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Sushma Swaraj to visit Myanmar to boost bilateral relations

Sushma Swaraj to visit Myanmar to boost bilateral relations

The appointment of Burgener came at a time when Myanmar is preparing for the return of over 700,000 refugees in Bangladesh who fled from strife-torn northern Rakhine State previous year to escape violence in the area.

The team had met government officials and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh before the visit to Myanmar.

There were two ways to establish a full probe, "one is an ICC (International Criminal Court) referral", she said.

Reported by Min Thein Aung, Nay Rein Kyaw, and Wai Mar Tun for RFA's Myanmar Service.

The UN and worldwide community accused the Myanmar military, locally known as the Tatmadaw, of perpetrating massive human rights abuses against the Muslim minority in northern Rakhine.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, some 750,000 refugees, mostly children and women, fled Myanmar when Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to the UN.

The examination, led by the State Department, is modelled on a forensic investigation of mass atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region in 2004.

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"We believe if the MoUs can be signed quickly and United Nations agencies be given unconditional access, that will be the best thing to do for the scale of the problem - the absolute scale of having to get ... so many refugees back home in security and safety so they can practice their livelihoods over time", Pierce said. He said he did not believe the Trump administration would pay serious attention to the findings. "So the investigation can not have that much impact".

Security Council will press Myanmar to ensure that Rohingya who fled the country can return home in safety and freedom, an envoy said on Monday after United Nations diplomats ended a tour of Bangladesh's refugee camps.

Most of the Rohingya, whom the government refers to as Bengalis, are stateless and have been denied access to citizenship under Myanmar's 1982 Citizenship Law, which critics say is discriminatory.

The U.N.'s 15 permanent envoys spent two days in Myanmar to assess the situation on the ground in Rakhine state amid a program to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. "They got to know about what really happened in Rakhine state, and because they have seen and know the truth, we think their attitude will change at least a little".

Some of the refugees broke down in tears as they told harrowing stories of murder and violence in Myanmar.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a bilateral agreement last November that recognised the need for a long-lasting and comprehensive solution to the crisis and the voluntary return of refugees under worldwide law.

On November 6, the UN Security Council adopted its first presidential statement on the country since 2008, condemning the Rakhine attacks and the ensuing violence and calling on the government to address the root causes of the crisis.

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