UNSC reiterates need to address Rohingya crisis

Diplomatic Correspondent

6 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has reiterated the need to address “the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine state”, which saw hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim minority flee for their lives following a brutal military crackdown in 2017.

The 15-member UNSC in a statement also calls on conditions to be established for “the safe, voluntary, sustainable, and dignified return of displaced persons.”

“The members of the Security Council reiterated the need to address the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine State and to create conditions necessary for the safe, voluntary, sustainable and dignified return of displaced persons,” reads the statement.

More than 750,000 Rohingyas, mostly women and children, fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military crackdown on the minority Muslim community since August 2017.

Around 24,000 Rohingyas were brutally killed by the Myanmar’s security forces in their "clearance operations" in 2016 and 2017 against the Rohingya community.

Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, who took temporary shelter in Cox’s Bazar amid persecution in Rakhine State.

The Security Council press statement was issued on Thursday by Council President Barbara Woodward (United Kingdom) on situation in Myanmar.