Refugees not yet willing to return voluntarily due to lack of security, citizenship, Dhaka says
Demonstrators wave signs saying ‘We will never return to Myanmar without citizenship.’
Rohingya and UN officials alike fear the resettlement centers which refugees are expected to return to may become permanent internment camps.
Senior Communist Party of China official Song Tao says Beijing backs continued political role for Tatmadaw.
The UN urged Bangladesh to drop plans to start repatriating Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state this month, warning they would face a "high risk of persecution.”
China, backed by Russia, failed to stop a UNSC briefing that accused Myanmar's military of genocide against Rohingya Muslims and urged the 15-member council to push for justice.
The UN special envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, held meetings with Kachin State government leaders in Myitkyina focusing on the ongoing peace process.
In the past, outside pressure has only caused the military to dig in deeper; and there is little support for Rohingya within the country.
China, the Philippines and Burundi voted against the UN Human Rights Council’s proposal to establish a body for gathering evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar.
The report says the military should come under civilian control and that controversial laws should be repealed or amended for the sake of Myanmar’s democratic transition.
The talks laid the foundations for an upcoming summit at which governments will agree on rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement this December.
Deputy commander meets with commissioners; panel chief vows evidence-based probe.
The Irrawaddy talks with journalist and Myanmar expert Bertil Lintner about the possible consequences of a harsh UN report on the country and the military.
If evidence points to UN, an official complaint will be lodged, spokesman says
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for more international pressure on Myanmar to create conditions safe for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims.