UN urges Myanmar to allow International investigators to probe Rohingya abuse

Published on: June 6, 2018

Rohingya insurgent attacks last August was followed by a military crackdown that led some 700,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. A timeline of the origins and the current state of Rohingya’s clearly shows how they have been denied citizenship and basic rights since the 1980’s. The Myanmar Army had also admitted to killing the community member in January.


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(AP) The UN Security Council is urging Myanmar's government to allow international investigators to help probe allegations of human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims, saying it remains "gravely concerned" at their plight.
 
In a letter to Myanmar's leaders obtained today by The Associated Press, the council noted the government's commitment to investigate all allegations of violence. It said independent and transparent investigations "with the involvement of the international community would turn this commitment into concrete action and ensure that all perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses are held to account.” The council also urged Myanmar's government to grant U.N. agencies and humanitarian organisations immediate access to Rakhine state.
 
Rohingya insurgent attacks last August were followed by a military crackdown that led some 700,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. A timeline of the origins and the current state of Rohingya’s clearly shows how they have been denied citizenship and basic rights since the 1980’s. The Myanmar Army had also admitted to killing the community member in January. The U.N and US officials had called their military campaign “ethnic cleansing.”
 
The Washington Post said in a report that, “The Security Council letter, dated May 31, was addressed to Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador, Hau Do Suan. It asked him to transmit the letter to State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing as well as other officials with whom the council during its visit. “We would be grateful for a reply to this letter within 30 days,” the letter said. The Security Council sent a separate letter to Bangladesh’s government praising its “humanity, compassion and support” for the Rohingya refugees, which it said has “saved many thousands of lives.” Council members also expressed gratitude to Bangladesh for its commitment to continue “providing protection and assistance to these refugees until conditions in Rakhine State allow for their safe, voluntary and dignified return” to their homes. In a third letter, the council asked Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “to remain personally engaged on this crisis.” It also asked the U.N. to continue assisting Bangladesh to help the refugees, “especially during the forthcoming monsoon and cyclone seasons,” and to offer assistance to Myanmar.”