Thousands of Rohingya Muslims gathered in a camp in Bangladesh on Sunday to welcome a UN Security Council team that addresses the plight of refugees from military-led violence in Myanmar looks first hand. 19659003] The refugees in the Kutupalong camp carried placards, some of them saying, "We want justice."
Around 700,000 refugees seek UN protection to return home.
The UN team wants to meet some of them, including victims of rape and torture, before moving on to Myanmar after a three-day visit on Monday
Representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States, and 1
Attacks, crackdown, "ethnic se
The recent violence in Myanmar began when Rohingya insurgents carried out a series of attacks 25, 2017, to about 30 security outposts and other targets. In a subsequent raid by U.N. and US officials described as "ethnic cleansing", Burmese security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torturing and burning Rohingya houses. Thousands to be killed
Bangladesh's acting Foreign Minister, M. Khurshed Alam, said the delegation's visit was "very significant" and that international pressure on Myanmar would continue to rise to ensure the safe and voluntary return of refugees. seeking protection from the United Nations.
"This council can make a difference by putting pressure on Myanmar and creating a situation where repatriation is in full swing, and it has that impact," Alam said.
He said the team will return to Dhaka on Sunday and will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday morning before leaving for Myanmar.
British UN Ambassador Karen Pierce said in New York that the most important thing was that the panel should be responsible for maintaining international peace and security. can see the situation on the ground in a very desperate case of alleged human rights violations and abuses and crimes against humanity. "
Lord Nazir Ahmed, the British Secretary of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, told reporters earlier this week, Myanmar's approval of the Council's visit and a previous visit to the UN Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflicts," the glimmer of hope in a very dark chapter of human history in this part of the region. " He emphasized the importance of direct engagement, which" sends a very strong message to the people of Myanmar, both the civilian and the military authorities, most of them responsible for what we saw, ethnic cleansing and nothing else. "
In December, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to send refugees to the country However, there were fears among the aid workers and Rohingya that they would be forced to return and face unsafe conditions in Myanmar
The United Nations Refugee Agency and Bangladesh recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that they would be repatriated that the return process must be "safe, voluntary and dignified … consistent with international standards".
Rohingya Muslims have long been treated as outsiders in Myanmar their families have lived in the country for generations. Almost all have been denied citizenship since 1982, rendering them stateless. They are denied freedom of movement and other fundamental rights.