Kuwait part of UNSC delegation inspecting Rohingya refugees
01 May, 2018, 12:44 | Author: Homer Porter
Several female refugees who met with council envoys accused Myanmar troops of gang-raping them, attacking their young children and killing their husbands.
The visiting United Nations officials are: Claudia Angela Banz of Switzerland, Nesrin Said Amin Hannoun of Jordan, Ahmed Mohamed Abdel Wahab RHB Feshawl of Egypt, Nabi ShafikAwad of the USA, Miranda Camillelucy Moses of Trinidad and Tobago, Igro Anson Gill of Barbados, Jung Hawan Lee of the USA, David Michael Kinna of the UK, Luis Amadeo Solari Antonia of Peru, and Kuwait counsellor S SS Alfassam Talal.
Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam told AFP that the United Nations team - with 26 diplomats from 15 countries - first visited Konarpara camp, where some 6,000 Rohingya have been trapped on bleak scrubland since the bloodshed began a year ago. He affirmed that through its time in the UNSC, Kuwait would use all resources to defend just issues pertaining to the Arab and Islamic worlds, noting that the situation of the Rohingya was one of the most urgent humanitarian topics of this period.
Now the government is fully aware about the vices, she said adding that the intelligence and law-enforcement agencies are very much active about that. She urged the worldwide community to commit to supporting Bangladesh and to provide assistance, especially as the upcoming monsoon season threatens to destroy the makeshift shelters.
The Security Council officials will also hear from officials in Myanmar. We want to see a solution for that.
During the meeting, US Representative Kelly Currie highly appreciated the Prime Minister's role saying that she has raised a level for all creating a new global standard by working from a humanitarian point of view.
Thousands of refugees gathered at the Kutupalong camp to welcome the visiting delegation. The demonstrators waved placards demanding justice for atrocities against the refugees until they were dispersed by police.
"They are the members of the Security Council and they are with us".
During their interaction at different levels, the delegation members assured all of taking effective steps to help resolve the Rohingya crisis. The delegation arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday.
"Of course, the refugees are incontrovertible proof of persecution and ethnic cleansing, but thus far it hasn't been enough", said Ali Riaz, a distinguished professor of Political Science, Illinois State University, USA.
Ahead of the visit, an worldwide analyst told UNB that Bangladesh needs to provide "strong and unassailable evidence" backed up by documents to make its case before the UN Security Council delegation.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmod Ali, Prime Minister's Adviser on International Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi, State Minister Shahriar Alam were, among others, present.
The delegates were scheduled to travel to Myanmar from Dhaka on Monday for meetings with government officials and an expected tour of violence-scarred Rakhine state, the home of the stateless Rohingya.
The 24-strong delegation representing all five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members of the council (UNSC) visited refugees camped out in a no-man's land along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border and later stopped by the sprawling Kutupalong refugee camp in southeastern Cox's Bazar district, where Rohingya staged a loud and emotional demonstration.
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