Myanmar to probe alleged violence against Rohingya

  • Myanmar to probe alleged violence against Rohingya

Myanmar to probe alleged violence against Rohingya

The army launched counterinsurgency sweeps in Rakhine state after deadly attacks last August on security personnel.

This picture taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

"What we have got to do on the council is to think how best to turn that into something operational, so that the evidence gets collected and given either to the Burmese authorities or to some sort of worldwide mechanism", Britain's UN Ambassador Karen Pierce told Reuters, as the Security Council wrapped up a four-day visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday. "They have killed me family members, they tortured us, they will kill us again", Mohammed Tayab said, standing in front of a tent where he was expecting to meet the United Nations team.

An ICC prosecutor asked the global tribunal in April to rule on whether the court can exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of the Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh, even though Myanmar is not a member of the ICC.

Meanwhile the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court or ICC has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingyas to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity, but Suu Kyi's government has expressed "serious concern" over the move. They are to travel Tuesday to Rakhine state, the area from which the Rohingya fled and where hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas remain.

Britain's United Nations ambassador, Karen Pierce — a member of the visiting delegation — said after the group's visit to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh over the weekend that the Security Council would continue to work on enabling the refugees to return to Myanmar, but that the Rohingya must be allowed to return under safe conditions. "We also mentioned the importance of the investigations regarding what happened there before the refugees went to Bangladesh".

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will be travelling to Myanmar on May 10-11 to discuss several bilateral issues with her counterpart. The agencies already have signed a separate similar agreement with Bangladesh.

Myanmar signed an agreement with Bangladesh on the return of displaced people from Bangladesh in November previous year, announcing a readiness to start the process on January 23. On Ms Swaraj's visit to Myanmar, the MEA said that "key agreements are expected to be signed".

"Basically the message that we conveyed was that it was very important to improve the security conditions of the return of the refugees", he said, recalling the visit.

Reports on the number of Rohingya killed since the start of the military operation are close to that of the years-long war in Yemen, which has included over three years of aerial bombardment by Saudi-led forces.

Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, the Permanent Representative of Peru, reiterated the need to ensure refugees' security and recalled previous statements made by the Council on the crisis.

Tin Maung Swe, secretary of the Rakhine state government, told RFA's Myanmar Service that the delegation's perception of the crisis may have changed after its visit. "Host community members tell us that this situation is creating great strains on their families", he added.