A UN Security Council delegation arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday to get a firsthand look at the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to escape military-led violence.
The team will visit camps housing the refugees and discuss the crisis with local officials. The delegation will also visit Myanmar after concluding its three-day visit on Monday.
Representatives from the five permanent Security Council members China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States and 10 non-permanent member states have joined the delegation, which arrived in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar, where the camps are located.
The recent spasm of violence in Myanmar began when Rohingya insurgents staged a series of attacks on Aug 25 on about 30 security outposts and other targets. In a subsequent crackdown described by the United Nations and the United States as “ethnic cleansing”, Myanmar security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya villagers’ homes.