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Burma denies visa to UN staff to investigate Rohingya Muslim abuses | World Intelligence
Burma will deny access to members of a United Nations inquiry focused on accusations of murder, robbery and torturing by members of the Rohingya Muslim-secretariat. Under the leadership of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the Chinese authorities had already said they would not work with a delegation established following the adoption of a March UNHRCR.
"There is no need for us to bring them on a fact-finding mission," said Kyaw Zeya, standing clerk at the State Department of the capitol Naypyidaw, on Friday. "Our global operations are receiving appropriate advice," he said, stating that entry visa applications to Myanmar would not be made out to the persons or personnel appointed by the operation.
Myanmar is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, who came to office last year as part of the transitional period by the country's army government, through a special post of "Councillor of State", but she is also the country's Secretary of State. Though not overseeing the army, Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticized for not campaigning for the more than 1 million stateless Rohingya Muslims in the state of Rakhine.
During a visit to Sweden this months, she said that the UN delegation had "created greater hostilities between the various communities". Most of Rakhine are Rakhine Buddhists who, like many in Myanmar's Buddhist minority, regard the Rohingya as Bangladeshi migrants. About 75,000 Rohingya escaped from north-western Rakhine state to Bangladesh at the end of last year after the Myanmar military conducted a safety operations in reaction to Rohingya insurgency attack that murdered nine frontier policemen.
In February, a UN review on the basis of interviewing some of the Rohingya migrants said that the reaction concerned Rohingya's large-scale murders and rape of gangs and was "very likely" to involve committing acts of violence against humanitarianism and possibly ethnoclear. Myanmar, along with its neighbors China and India, distanced itself from the European Union March decision calling for a fact-finding missions in Rakhine and reporting of abuse in the northern part of the state.
In May Indira Jaising, an attorney at the Indian Higher Tribunal, was assigned to head the team. Burma is insisting that a national inquiry led by former Lt-Gen Myint Swe is enough to examine the charges in Rakhine. A consultative body led by former UN leader Kofi Annan is to suggest ways to address the general problems in Rakhine, but has not been asked to look into violations of international humanitarian law.