A United Nations Security Council delegation has expressed dismay at the continued suffering of the Rohingya people following a recent visit to refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya people have fled their homes in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma) since August 2017, resulting in what is considered the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. While the UN has already condemned the violence as both ethnic cleansing and having “all the hallmarks of genocide”, this week's delegation is the first visit by the Security Council, which has the power to refer matters to the international criminal court (ICC) and deploy peacekeepers. Commenting on their trip, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, Karen Pierce said, "the most important thing is to create the conditions on the ground so the refugees can go home in safety and security."
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