Approaching monsoon puts Rohingya refugees at higher risk, says UN

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The refugees also presented to the security council a list of demands, which included rehabilitation of their own land and homes; stopping the construction of the IDP camps in Rakhine state which they believe will function simply as prisons for any returning Rohingya; for the Rohingya to be recognised as citizens of Myanmar; and action to be taken by the ICC. The Government and the people of Bangladesh are the biggest donors to this crisis.

The delegation will submit report once they go back to NY after wrapping the visit on May 2.

"We have to push to see how we can speed up the process of the implementation of the bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar", said Kuwait's UN Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi.

The high-profile delegation of the UN Security Council termed Rohingya crisis a very "complex" issue and said there is no "easy solution" to it.

Bangladesh's acting foreign secretary, M. Khurshed Alam, said the delegation's visit is "very significant", with global pressure on Burma continuing to mount to ensure the safe and voluntary return of the refugees, who are seeking protection from the United Nations.

The United Nations Security Council, after visiting the Rohingya camp here on Sunday, said that there was no magic solution. "This is very complicated issue".

They acknowledged that there is a crisis and problem lies there in their (Rohingyas') expulsion, their treatment and the fact that they had to flee Rakhine to Bangladesh. Myanmar authorities claim the military operation in Rakhine is aimed at rooting out extremists and have denied nearly all reports of alleged atrocities committed by its security forces in the region.

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At Kutupalong, hundreds of refugees staged a protest. The demonstrators waved placards demanding justice for atrocities against the refugees until they were dispersed by police.

While UN reports have already condemned the violence as both ethnic cleansing and having "all the hallmarks of genocide", this is the first visit by the security council and holds great significance.

Chief UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported the overall population of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh is now estimated to be over 1 million people.

Rohingya population flocked to meet the delegation - five permanent members from China, France, Russia, UK and the USA, and 10 other non-permanent members - at Kutupalong camp, wielding posters and demanding safe repatriation back to Myanmar.

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.

Over 700,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, and the influx, though reduced in recent weeks, continues despite Myanmar's assurances of stopping violence in Rakhine.

In a report headlined "UN envoys eye action on Rohingya refugee crisis" TRT World wrote that the visit puts global spotlight back on the crisis amid warnings by the United Nations, aid groups and Myanmar's panel of worldwide advisers on Rohingya issues that the coming monsoon season might worsen the humanitarian situation.

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