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11 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 July, 2018 01:46:53 AM
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Atrocities on Rohingya children portrayed at UNSC

Myanmar can’t evade responsibility for their safe return, says Bangladeshi envoy
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Bangladesh has portrayed the atrocities faced by the Rohingya children by the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). At the same time, Dhaka has called upon Naypyitaw to ensure that the world does not have to witness dreadful violence against children anymore and stressed that Myanmar cannot evade its responsibility to the international community over ensuring the Rohingya people’s safe return to their homes.

Participating in an open discussion on ‘Children and Armed Conflict: Protecting Children Today Prevents Conflicts Tomorrow’ at the UNSC on Monday, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative in the UN,  said it is almost impossible to imagine the inhuman torture that was carried out on the Rohingya community including children, says a zrelease forwarded by the mission yesterday.

He referred to the horrific experience shared with journalists by UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Yanghee Lee, who recently visited Bangladesh, including Rohingya settlements in Cox’s Bazar.

“I was horrified to be told by one woman that her 12-year-old son had been chopped to pieces when he visited the family’s fish hatchery, after the family had been told by the security forces they could not go there unless they accepted

the verification card,” Momen said quoting the UN expert.

“There cannot be such precedence of brutal killing of children,” he said.

Mentioning the recent visit of the UNSC to Bangladesh and Myanmar, the envoy said that the UNSC representatives saw with their own eyes the urgent necessity to protect the children when they visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

About 58 per cent of the 7 lakh (700,000) people who had to flee their homes in Rakhine are children, he said, adding that of them 36,373 have lost their father while 7,771 children have lost both of their parents.

These children without parents are now extremely vulnerable to human trafficking, sexual harassment and different criminal activities, said Momen.

He also revealed that 60 babies are born everyday in the camps and some of their mothers were the victims of sexual violence, which was used as weapon of war.

In the deal signed with Myanmar for the voluntary, safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas, Bangladesh has mentioned these children, said the ambassador, mentioning that with the humanitarian organisations working on the ground, Bangladesh is trying to ensure the welfare of these children.

He called upon the UN special representative for children and armed conflict to present her updated report with recommendations at the UN Security Council.

There is no way for Myanmar to evade the responsibility to the council as well as the international community with regards to creating a favourable, sustainable and credible environment to ensure the return of these children to their birthplaces, the envoy stressed.

A few other countries, including the United States, Canada and Liechtenstein, also presented the violence against the Rohingyas, especially killings of women and children and sexual violence including rape.

The Liechtenstein representative revealed that the Myanmar border force has recently been included on the list of top human rights violators in regards to violence against children in armed conflict and said that this step will keep up pressure on state and non-state actors of this country.

Over 90 countries took part in the open discussion organised by Sweden, the UNSC president for the month of July.

 

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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