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Rohingya crisis: UNSC seeks investigation into human rights abuses

ANI  |  Naypyidaw [Myanamar] 

The United Nation (UNSC) team has asked the government to conduct a proper investigation into alleged human rights abuses in northern

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

The delegation, which was accompanied by representatives of Myanmar's neighbouring countries and Singapore, went to Nay Pyi Taw on a two-day visit, and to northern Rakhine.

They also visited the centre of humanitarian conflict in Rakhine called Maungdaw.

Myanmar is facing international criticism for handling the humanitarian crisis inappropriately in Rakhine. It has been witnessing inter-communal violence since 2012.

Daw assured that the government will conduct an investigation of alleged human rights abuses, if there is any evidence, Karen Pierce, the UK's of the UNSC was quoted as saying by

As requested by Bangladeshi Sheikh Hasina, the will also help the government to implement the recommendations of the led by former UN

The UNSC delegation said they expect to see progress in Myanmar's repatriation of refugees displaced during the violence in Rakhine over the past two years.

Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, the of to the UNSC was quoted as saying by the Myanmar Times, "What we really want is 'just to speed up the process of the return of refugees - a safe, voluntary and dignified return for them."

According to Dhaka Tribune, earlier Myanmar had said that its neighbour has only handed back 8,000 repatriation forms so far, many of them are incomplete, which is delaying the return process.

Myanmar also denied the Rohingya citizenship and accompanying rights. Since 2012 it has driven out two-thirds of its roughly 1.5 million Rohingya population.

In March last year, and Russia, both members of the UNSC, blocked a statement by the council concerning alleged human rights abuses in

Earlier on April 30, sought help from China, Russia, India, and to resolve the Rohingya crisis in

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First Published: Thu, May 03 2018. 09:54 IST