United Nations could help Myanmar gather evidence of crimes against Rohingya: UK envoy

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Since fighting broke in August previous year between Rohingya militants and Myanmar's security forces, the United Nations estimates that over 690,000 Rohingya residents have fled from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine to neighboring Bangladesh. "One is an ICC [International Criminal Court] referral".

More than 750,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar since October 2016, when Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army militants launched coordinated attacks on police outposts.

But Suu Kyi, who does not control the military, also told Pierce that "if evidence were available it should be reported to the Burmese authorities and they would investigate".

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.

"I am confident that this is an important turning point", she said.

Security Council members also urged the global community to continue supporting the work being undertaken by the United Nations and humanitarian agencies in southern Bangladesh, on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable refugees living there.

"In particular, the engagement of United Nations agencies in Rakhine [state] will strengthen the government's ability to ensure that refugees can return safely, without fear", she was quoted as saying in the report.

United Nations could help Myanmar gather evidence of crimes against Rohingya: UK envoy

The examination, led by the State Department, is modelled on a forensic investigation of mass atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region in 2004. "Host community members tell us that this situation is creating great strains on their families", he added. He said he did not believe the Trump administration would pay serious attention to the findings.

Kuwait's ambassador to the UN Mr Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi told reporters yesterday that the Security Council wants refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine State, but this can not take place until Myanmar officials remove conditions and restrictions on their return.

US President Donald Trump has assured Bangladesh of US support in dealing with the Myanmar Rohingya refugee crisis, a Bangladeshi official said on Friday.

Myanmar has denied almost all allegations, saying it has been waging a legitimate counter-insurgency operation.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Myanmar on 10-11 May during which she will impress upon the Myanmar leadership the urgent need for taking steps for the rehabilitation of Rohingya refugees.

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. We told them that we want to be able to travel freely around Maungdaw and that we do not want NVCs because we have lived here for generations.

Myanmar is facing worldwide criticism for handling the humanitarian crisis inappropriately in Rakhine.

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