Rohingya crisis: UNSC seeks investigation into human rights abuses

UN Security Council members Mansour Ayyad Al Otaibi from Kuwait Gustavo Meza Cuadra from Peru Joanna Wronecka from Poland and Karen Pierce from Great Britain speak at a press conference in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw

Rohingya crisis: UNSC seeks investigation into human rights abuses

Joanna Wronecka, Poland's ambassador to the United Nations - which holds the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of May - said that the visit was vital for the Council to gain a good understanding of the situation on the ground. "One is an ICC [International Criminal Court] referral".

She said the government is developing an island called Bhashanchar to give temporary shelter to 100,000 Rohingyas. This was the council's first visit to Southeast Asia since ambassadors visited East Timor in 2012.

The UNSC delegation said they expect to see progress in Myanmar's repatriation of refugees displaced during the violence in Rakhine over the past two years.

It has been learned that Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, announced that the country's government will investigate suspected military-led violence against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority.

She did not comment on Min Aung Hlaing's response.

The UN last month put the Myanmar military on its blacklist for sexual violence but at Monday's meeting, the army chief insisted, "No sexual violence happened in the history of the country's military", according to the statement released by his office.

Since then, Washington has been conducing an examination that could be used to prosecute the armed forces for crimes against humanity. That investigation led to a U.S. declaration of genocide and the imposition of economic sanctions against the Sudanese government, the news agency said.

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Adams told ThinkProgress that HRW has submitted its findings to the U.N., which is conducting its own investigations, with the results to be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September. He said he did not believe the Trump administration would pay serious attention to the findings.

He also said those in Myanmar responsible for instigating the crisis must be held accountable. "So the investigation can not have that much impact".

At the time of their arrest, the reporters had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in western Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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.

A United Nations body on Friday made an appeal of $8.3 million to support Rohingya refugees and host population in Bangladesh. "What we really want is to speed up the process of the return of refugees in a safe and voluntary and dignified manner", he added.

Hasina reiterated her call to the worldwide community, including the United States, to continue mounting strong pressure on the Myanmar government to take back its nationals from Bangladesh.

The court in Yangon has been holding hearings since January to decide whether the Reuters journalists will be charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

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