Trump assures Bangladesh of U.S. support amid Rohingya crisis

Some 670,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since security forces launched a violent crackdown in Rakhine state last August

Some 670,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since security forces launched a violent crackdown in Rakhine state last August

Security Council delegation wrapped up its visits to Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday, and expressed hope that refugees from the conflict-stricken Rakhine state in Myanmar could return quickly and safely to their homes, a spokesman said. "One is an ICC [International Criminal Court] referral".

Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi, the permanent representative of Kuwait 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".

But Suu Kyi's civilian government has little control over the Myanmar military.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi pledged investigations if credible evidence was provided and military chief Min Aung Hlaing vowed "harsh action" over sexual violence during separate meetings with Security Council envoys in the country's capital Naypyitaw on Monday, diplomats said.

"The second would be for the Burmese government to do it themselves", she said.

Since then, Washington has been conducing an examination that could be used to prosecute the armed forces for crimes against humanity.

Adams told ThinkProgress that HRW has submitted its findings to the U.N., which is conducting its own investigations, with the results to be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September. In a report, United Nations investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity. He said he did not believe the Trump administration would pay serious attention to the findings.

In the letter, the USA president said there is no question that those in Myanmar responsible for instigating this crisis must be held accountable.

This picture taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Rohingya insurgent attacks on Rakhine security posts led to the military operation that Myanmar deemed a legitimate response.

"We wish her every success and assure her of our support in her new role", France's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, noting that she "has considerable diplomatic experience, notably in Asia".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Myanmar on 10-11 May during which she will impress upon the Myanmar leadership the urgent need for taking steps for the rehabilitation of Rohingya refugees.

The court in Yangon has been holding hearings since January to decide whether the Reuters journalists will be charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. The killings took place during an army crackdown that United Nations agencies say sent almost 700,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.

The refugees at the Kutupalong camp carried placards, some of which read "We want justice".

As the largest humanitarian aid donor in the world, he said, the United States remains committed to supporting Bangladesh alongside "our global partners".

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