Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Rohingya demand justice as United Nations delegation visits Bangladesh camps

European Council imposes new measures on Myanmar UN Security Council team begins visit to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees
Andrew Cummings | 01 May, 2018, 04:52

"The situation can not remain without a solution and the message that we are conveying to Myanmar, to refugees themselves, to the rest of the world, (is) that we are determined to find a solution to this crisis", al-Otaibi said.

Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, the UN Security Council president and the head of the Delegation, was also present at a media briefing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport before leaving Dhaka for Myanmar.

A U.N. Security Council team visiting Bangladesh promised Sunday to work hard to resolve a crisis involving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to the country to escape military-led violence in neighboring Myanmar.

The premier said Bangladesh expects China, Russia, India and Japan to play a major role in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

Myanmar is accused of committing ethnic cleansing.

Myanmar's allies Russian Federation and China - both permanent members with the veto power in the Security Council - have shown resistance to the involvement of the world body in the refugee crisis.

"We are standing here to demand justice as they (Burma's military) have killed our men and tortured our women so much, so we are compelled to seek justice for those abuses", Rohingya refugee Sajida Begum told Reuters.

Pierce is one of 15 representatives on the UN Security Council who will fly from Bangladesh to Burma and meet its government on Monday.

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The Kuwaiti diplomat said the Security Council would "try to explore ways and means to speed up implementation of the (repatriation accord) signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for safe, free, voluntary and dignified return of the refugees".

"We are not Bengali, we are Rohingya. We want security and return of our confiscated land and properties", said Rohingya leader Mohibullah.

"We are here to learn more about the situation in order to see what we can do", he told reporters. We want to see a solution for that.

"We can not wait for funding to come in after the emergency is over and possibly preventable tragedies have occurred", said John McCue, IOM's Senior Operations Coordinator in Cox's Bazar. "It needs time. Hopefully the agreements will be implemented", he said.

United Nations officials from Switzerland, Jordan, Egypt, US, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados are also with the delegation.

"Tarp stocks are also rapidly running out and the IOM, which oversees shelter distribution, reports that by mid-May supplies will fall below critical levels", McCue said.

Asked about the slow progress towards a solution to the crisis he said that the visit was part of their efforts to speed up the process. The council envoys also met behind closed doors for two hours with military Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing in the country's capital Naypyitaw. In statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said that the delegation - led by Kuwait, the UK, and Peru - would look into means to ensure the safety of the refugees and enable them to return to their homes and dwellings.

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