Rohingya refugees demand justice as United Nations visits Burma, Bangladesh

A Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Bangladesh Sept. 19 2017

Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, the UN Security Council president and the head of the Delegation, was also present at a media briefing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport before leaving Dhaka for Myanmar.

There is no magic solution to Rohingya crisis, the visiting United Nations' Security Council delegation said today after paying a much-anticipated visit to refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

The team comprises representatives from the 15 member states of the Security Council.

The UN has said that lives of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees hang in the balance as monsoon and cyclone seasons threaten their makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The demonstrators waved placards demanding justice for atrocities against the refugees until they were dispersed by police.

Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of mainly Buddhist Myanmar, has been pilloried overseas for her failure to speak up for the Muslim Rohingya or publicly condemn the army for driving them out of the country.

However, deputy Russian ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy, whose country has supported Myanmar, warned that the council did not have a "magic stick" to resolve what is now one of the world's worst refugee crises.

We will try to convince both governments - the government of Bangladesh and the government of Myanmar - to engage in constructive negotiations. In a subsequent crackdown described by the U.N. and the United States as "ethnic cleansing", Burmese security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya villagers' homes. "And here, we will have to do our best to discuss this issue and find solutions in the Security Council", he also said.

Alam said the team will meet some of the refugees, including victims of rape and torture, on Sunday.

Last November, however, the council issued a statement condemning the violence in Rakhine.

The prime minister also said the repatriation process of the Rohingyas has to be supervised by the United Nations.

Further, the delegates were debriefed by the local administration of Border Guard Bangladesh about the on-going Bangladesh crises.

The delegation's three-day visit is expected to include a helicopter flight over Rakhine state so they can see the remains of Rohingya villages razed to the ground during the crackdown.

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 visit to Myanmar will be very important, Yan Myo Thein, a political analyst told RFA's Myanmar Service.

"We can not remain silent about it", he said, adding that the issue would remain at the top of the UN Security Council's agenda.

Bangladesh's acting foreign secretary, M. Khurshed Alam, said the delegation's visit is "very significant", with global pressure on Myanmar continuing to mount to ensure the safe and voluntary return of the refugees, who are seeking protection from the United Nations.

During the almost hour-long meeting, Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also noted Myanmar's difficulties transitioning to rule of law after decades of military dictatorship, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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