UN Security Council urges Myanmar to ease Rohingyas' safe return

UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES): The United Nations Security Council on Monday urged Myanmar to step up efforts for Rohingya refugees to return to the country safely and voluntarily.
During a closed-door meeting, the 15 council members called for more social and economic development aid and facilitating the return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes in Rakhine state.

“The members of the Security Council continued to stress the importance of undertaking independent and transparent investigations into allegations of human rights abuses and violations,” a statement read.

The UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said the government was favorable toward a return to Rakhine for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who fled the area.

Government authorities “declared really openly that they want to bring them back,” Burgener said.

But she noted that tensions remain in Rakhine between Rohingyas — a Muslim minority — and the Buddhist…

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