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UN Urges Myanmar to Create Conditions for Rohingya Return

Dhaka (July 24, 2018): The U.N. Security Council has urged Myanmar’s government on Monday to step up efforts to create conditions that will allow Rohingya Muslims who fled a violent crackdown to safely return to the country from neighboring Bangladesh.

According to reports, the council stressed in a statement following closed briefings that progress is also needed by Myanmar on implementing agreements on relations with the U.N. refugee and development agencies and with Bangladesh on returning Rohingya.Rohingya face official and social discrimination in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies most of them citizenship and basic rights because they are looked on as immigrants from Bangladesh.


The latest crisis began with attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security personnel last August. The military responded with counterinsurgency sweeps and was accused of widespread human rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes.Rohingya Refugees to Start Returning From JanuaryAccording to Security Council members, they again stressed ‘the importance of undertaking transparent and independent investigations in allegations of human rights abuses and violations’.

According to Christine Schraner Burgener, new U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, Myanmar’s leaders want to bring Rohingya back to Rakhine state, but there are not only divisions between the government and Rohingya, but also between Muslim minority and the rest of Buddhist population.Several Security Council members have called for the U.N.’s most powerful body to impose sanctions to pressure the government on the Rohingya issue, but China, a close ally of Myanmar and a veto-wielding council member, is highly unlikely to ever agree.

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