Update November 17, 2018

Dhaka 9-01 pm, 09-August, 2020

669 children killed in Myanmar in 14 months: UN

Mirajul Moin Joy

The United Nations has said some 669 children were reported killed, 39 maimed in Myanmar and a large majority of them were Rohingyas.

Spokesman for the UN secretary‑general Stephane Dujarric came up with the data flagging a new report by the secretary‑general on children and armed conflict that has found that boys and girls in Myanmar have suffered patterns of grave violations following the start of the crisis in northern Rakhine in August of last year.

These findings are in line with what other UN bodies have found, confirming killing, maiming, and rape, for which Myanmar’s armed forces have already been listed on the secretary‑general’s annual report from last year, he said in a briefing at UN headquarters in New York.

The latest report released on Friday contained data from the 14‑month reporting period.

Responding to a question on Rohingya crisis,Stephane said obviously, they are continuing to provide as much humanitarian support as they can to them.

“The Bangladeshis, I think, have been extremely generous in welcoming close to 1 million people since August of 2017, which is truly a herculean effort,” he said.

Stephanie said Bangladeshis have welcomed Rohingyas in what is already an impoverished part of a country that is facing its own development challenges.

“And obviously, our principled stance that refugees should not be forcibly returned and should only return in dignity to their place of choosing continues,” he added.

Responding to another question, the spokesperson said from their part, there is the fact‑finding mission put forward by the UN Human Rights Council, and as for the International Criminal Court, that is a question targeted to them.

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