Singapore foreign minister to visit Rohingya camps

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 01:05, Aug 29,2018

 
 

Rohingya refugees walks along the refugee camp during rain in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, July 25, 2018. — Reuters file photo

Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan is scheduled for September 4 to visit forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, Rohingyas, staying in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Balakrishnan, who would be on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh starting from September 3, would also travel to Myanmar on September 5.
He would hold official bilateral talks with Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali on September 4, officials said.
The visit is significant as it will take place at the interest of Singapore after a visit of Myanmar state counsellor Aung Sun Suu Kyi to the country in the past week, they said.
Myanmar has also been engaged with China and Japan to defuse international pressure amid allegations of applying mass killing and gang rapes as weapons of ethnic cleansing of minority Muslim Rohingyas with genocidal intent.
Myanmar commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and five other top generals of the force should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, UN investigators said on Monday, according to Reuters.
The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has also ‘contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes’ with allowing hate speech to thrive, destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against humanity and war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, they said in a report.
About 7,20,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh till August 24, 2018 fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.
The ongoing Rohingya influx took the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh to about 11,39,000, of whom 11,18,576 people were brought under biometric registration, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and Myanmar were engaged in a slow process of preparations with the UN agencies for starting repatriation of Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh since October 2016.

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