PM Modi, Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal, Myanmar

Kenny Tucker
May 5, 2018

"One is an ICC [International Criminal Court] referral".

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".

"I would like to pay tribute to my colleagues who prepared this visit, especially the previous Presidency, Peru, and Kuwait, which initiated our preparation as well as the United Kingdom for a very substantial contribution to this visit", she said.

On Tuesday, the UNSC members urged the Myanmar government immediate repatriation of thousands of refugees from Bangladesh with the help of United Nations agencies, Myanmar Times reported.

Since then, Washington has been conducing an examination that could be used to prosecute the armed forces for crimes against humanity.

"The ministers will discuss in detail the repatriation of the refugees agreed by the two countries and resettlement plans for the returnees", Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu told The Associated Press.

"Basically it's like the mafia investigating itself", said Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch's (HRW) Asia Division. He said he did not believe the Trump administration would pay serious attention to the findings. The delegation also held talks with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar Army Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing on Monday.

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The 15-member delegation co-led by Security Council President Gustavo Meza-Cuadra was joined by Rakhine state and central government officials and ministers heading to Maungdaw in northern Rakhine where the Myanmar government has built reception camps for the Rohingya refugees now living in camps and other temporary shelters in Bangladesh. "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.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated her call to the worldwide community, including the US, to continue mounting strong pressure on the Myanmar government to take back its nationals from Bangladesh.

Myanmar has asked the Rohingya to accept National Verification Cards, which some refugees have said are inadequate because they do not guarantee citizenship.

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.

"Some U.N. agencies like UNHCR [ U.N. Refugee Agency] and UNDP [ United Nations Development Programme], we know that there are processes to sign a MOU between them and the Myanmar government", he said.

They apparently were targeted by the authorities due to their work on the Rakhine crisis, a very sensitive subject that has brought the government global criticism.

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