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Kuwait: Name, shame culprits of genocides against Rohingya

Kuwait's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi
Kuwait's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi

NEW YORK, Aug 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait has urged the international community to bring to account culprits of massacres against Myanmar's Rohingya noting that the Muslim refugees cannot abandon squalid camp life and return home in shadow of fears and insecurity.
"Genocides perpetrated in Myanmar: Where do we stand with regard of accountability?" was title of a statement addressed by the permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, to a Security Council session on Myanmar.
This session, held three years after break-out of violence in the State of Rakhine, Myanmar, aims to shed light on accountability as a main demand supposed to be heeded by the Government of Myanmar, said Al-Otaibi during the session, co-organized by Kuwait, Germany and Peru.
Thousands from this community were killed in widespread violence that also forced 742,000 Muslims to flee Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh spare themselves brutal attacks.
According to latest statistics by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are more than one million Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, a port city in southeastern Bangladesh.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi affirmed necessity that the Security Council and the international community continue to advise Myanmar that it must implement the relevant UNSC Presidential Statement and recommendations of Kofi Annan's Advisory Panel on Rakhine State.
The UN commission has called for cessation of violence, improving security, ensuring delivery of humanitarian aid to the violence-stricken regions in Rakhine and penalizing the culprits responsible for the mass killing in the state.
Ambassador Al-Otaibi, who had visited the Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar camp along with a number of diplomats, said the hairy narrations he had heard from the refugees were similar to UN reports including those by an investigation panel, established by the Human Rights Council.
He urged Myanmar to cooperate with the UNHCR, praising its formation of a national probe panel but noted that it must coordinate with the "mechanism" worked out by the Human Rights Council.
The senior Kuwaiti diplomat affirmed utter necessity of speedy accountability and full cooperation with the UN in this respect, indicating that failure to impose justice would lead to further abusive acts and violence.
Rohingya refugees cannot return home in shadow of lack of accountability and confidence in the local security authorities, he noted, indicating that they would not favor going back home where their life remained in danger for their current squalid living conditions in the shanty towns in Bangladesh.(end) asf.rk