UN Security Council Demands End Of Violence In Myanmar’s Rakhine

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Sebastiano Cardi (left front), Italy’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the president of the Security Council for November, chairs a Security Council meeting on the situation in Myanmar, at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday. — IANS

The Security Council urges Myanmar to respect human rights, including the human rights of women, children, and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, without discrimination and no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine State.

UNITED NATIONS (IANS) — The UN Security Council has demanded an end to the excessive use of military violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, a media report said.

“The Security Council calls upon the government of Myanmar to ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine State, to restore civilian administration and apply the rule of law, and to take immediate steps … to respect human rights, including the human rights of women, children, and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, without discrimination and regardless of ethnicity, religion, or citizenship status,” reads a presidential statement of the council, Xinhua news agency reported.

The council called on the Myanmar Government to take steps to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual violence.

Urging the Myanmar Government to work with the Bangladeshi Government and the United Nations to allow the voluntary, safe and dignified return of all refugees, the council further called on the Myanmar Government to expedite the voluntary return of all internally displaced persons.

On August 25, a Rohingya militia allegedly attacked three police posts in the state and sparked the government’s return of attacks against the local villages.

The exchanges of fire have caused hundreds of thousands to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.

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