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Sushma Swaraj to visit Myanmar; focus on Rohingyas

05 May 2018
Sushma Swaraj to visit Myanmar; focus on Rohingyas

Swaraj will pay a two-day visit to Myanmar from May 10 during which key bilateral and regional issues, including the situation in the Rakhine state from where hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims had fled following violence past year, are likely to be discussed.

The delegations also met with eight Hindu women who claimed that ARSA abducted them and took them to Bangladesh.

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.

Nyo Aye informed one delegate that some of the refugees the United Nations team saw in displacement camps in Bangladesh before visiting Myanmar were not all from Rakhine state, but were Bangladeshis who themselves live in the camps.

The UN and global community accused the Myanmar military, locally known as the Tatmadaw, of perpetrating massive human rights abuses against the Muslim minority in northern Rakhine.

The recent spasm of violence in Myanmar began when Rohingya insurgents staged a series of attacks on August 25 on about 30 security outposts and other targets.

The U.N. team plans to meet some of them, including victims of rape and torture, before continuing to Myanmar after concluding its three-day visit on Monday.

Reuters reported last week that United States investigators have been documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible crimes through more than 1000 interviews with Rohingya men and women in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

A letter from Trump was handed to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a meeting with US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat in Dhaka on Thursday, said Ihsanul Karim, the Prime Minister's press secretary, and a US embassy official.

Thousands of refugees gathered amid scorching heat at the camp to welcome the delegation. "We need to create opportunities for people to rebuild their livelihoods and ease growing social tensions, or we might soon be faced with an additional crisis within the crisis", the statement quoted Peter Agnew, FAO Emergency Coordinator in Bangladesh, as saying.

Rohingya Muslims have always been treated as outsiders in Myanmar, even though many of their families have lived in the country for generations.

"They asked us why we hate each other and how we can get along with each other again", she told RFA.

Myanmar authorities consider Rohingya to be Bengali immigrants from Bangladesh, and are even refraining from using the word "Rohingya", even though the protesting refugees said Sunday they belong to Myanmar where they have been living for centuries.

Delegation leader Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velasquez told journalists Tuesday that Myanmar needed to better prepare for the return of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh. However, the United Nations has been saying refugees should only return voluntarily when they are ready to go where they want to go in a dignified manner.

India has called for a long-term solution for socio-economic development in Myanmar's Rakhine State to solve the crisis.