UN Security Council pledges to help Rohingya return

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Representatives from the 15 member countries of the United Nations organ on Sunday spoke with some of the 700,000 people who fled what the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing" in neighbouring Myanmar in a visit aimed at giving representatives a glimpse of the situation firsthand. Myanmar security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes in a subsequent crackdown described by United Nations and USA officials as "ethnic cleansing".

The UN delegation will speak to and conduct face-to-face interviews with the refugees in Bangladesh before they head to Myanmar to visit Rakhine, the state where the Rohingya lived before violence intensified against them. "We want justice from them", he said.

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. "And here, we will have to do our best to discuss this issue and find solutions in the Security Council", he also said. The delegation will also visit Myanmar after concluding its three-day visit tomorrow.

Myanmar officials have denied the allegations and blamed Arakan Rohingya Salavation Army (ARSA) insurgents for provoking the crackdown by launching coordinated attacks on police and army outposts in Rakhine in late August. "So things are happening now and we will continue our discussion", he said, adding that this will remain a top priority once they return to NY.

"The worldwide community should keep up pressure on the Myanmar government in this regard", she said.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees started arriving in Bangladesh in August a year ago, after Myanmar's army launched a violent crackdown on Rohingya in Rakhine State. Many in Myanmar regard Rohingya as illegal immigrants from mostly Muslim Bangladesh.

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Thousands of refugees gathered at the Kutupalong camp to welcome the visiting delegation.

"We told them that we're staying here to save our lives".

Buddhist-majority Myanmar has for years denied Rohingya citizenship, freedom of movement and access to basic services such as healthcare. They will also take a helicopter flight over Rakhine to see the remains of villages torched during the violence.

New York, Apr.29 (BNA): Kuwait will be an integral part of the UNSC delegation tasked with inspecting and evaluating the status of some 700,000 Rohingya refugees and displaced in Myanmar and Bangladesh, a senior Kuwaiti diplomat has said. Myanmar has said the military operation in Rakhine is aimed at rooting out extremists and has rejected almost all allegations that its security forces committed atrocities in the state.

"The lack of a UN Security Council resolution has left the Myanmar government convinced that it has literally gotten away with mass murder", HRW executive director Kenneth Roth told reporters in Yangon.

Leading global rights group Human Rights Watch called on Friday for the Rohingya crisis to be referred to the worldwide Criminal Court.

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