International Desk ,RNTv:
At the briefing of the UN Security Council on Monday 14th May , representatives from the UK and the Netherlands recalled the widespread destruction of villages they saw in Arakan state in the west of Burma and the reports of abuse they heard from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said it was critical for the Security Council delegates to have learned about the crisis in Rakhine and the challenges facing Rohingya refugees firsthand. She said one of the reasons for the trip was “the continuing, disheartening response from the Burmese government” and went on to accuse Burmese authorities of failing to acknowledge their role in the crisis.
“This is unacceptable and unsustainable if we’re going to make any progress in ending the violence in Rakhine State. More than that, we must have the will as a council to do something now. Time is not on our side. The monsoon season has already begun and is putting hundreds of thousands of refugees at further risk,” she said.
Haley encouraged Burma to cooperate in a credible independent investigation into the alleged abuses of its security forces and to lift an entry ban it imposed on the UN’s special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar in December. She also urged Burma to respect the basic rights of the Rohingya.
At the briefing, Burma’s ambassador to the UN, U Hau Do San, echoed the country’s military chief in stating that Myanmar would take action against any army personnel guilty of abuse if presented with solid evidence.
He blamed the current humanitarian crisis on ARSA’s attacks on the security posts in August and accused Western media of pushing “Muslim victimhood narratives” while he was trying to conceal the crimes of the Burmese government that are widely echoed as ethnic cleansing against Rohingya in Arakan.
He even complained that during the Security Council delegation’s visit to Maungdaw many non-Muslim locals had come to share accounts of ARSA attacks but had scarcely got time to speak with them.
Earlier the EU and US have imposed targeted sanctions against top military generals in response to widespread atrocities committed by them against the Rohingya minority, while rights groups are urging the UN to help ensure the Rohinyas’ safe return and to refer Burma to the International Criminal Court.