“I think the international community can do a much better job of identifying the sources of revenue that are pouring into the coffers of this military junta and perpetuating these atrocities, and cutting them off in a coordinated fashion,” Andrews said at a conference. press in Dhaka on Sunday.
“Now I know the next question will probably be – it would require action from the United Nations Security Council and no one is holding their breath that it is going to happen anytime soon.” Fair enough. “
âThe United Nations General Assembly has told the nations of the world to continue working to prevent the influx of arms into Myanmar. Well, let’s do it.
The UN rights envoy said that if this cannot be done through the Security Council, “then let’s do it in a coordinated way among the countries that are ready to do it.”
âThis is the kind of pressure that needs to be exerted and I use every ounce of my energy to not only try to build support for those who are here in Bangladesh through no fault of their own and to support efforts like those here. in Bangladesh to support them, but also to put pressure on the Burmese army, because this problem is not a Bangladesh problem. It’s a Myanmar problem, âhe said of Rohingya refugees who fled atrocities in Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military toppled a civilian government led by Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, sparking protests and sporadic clashes in the countryside between anti-junta militias and the army.
New fighting broke out last week between the Karen National Union (KNU), Myanmar’s oldest rebel force, and the military, forcing thousands of people from Myanmar’s Karen state to flee.
Some crossed the narrow river between Myanmar and Thailand in boats while others waded through chest-high water while holding children.
Most of the nearly one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh fled Myanmar in a 2017 military operation, which UN investigators said was carried out with “genocidal intent.”
Some of the refugees were transferred to a remote island, Bhasan Char, as the situation in the sprawling camps of Cox’s Bazar continued to deteriorate.
The recent assassination of civil society leader Mohib Ullah by suspected Rohingya militants has exposed the dangers lurking in the densely populated camps.
“His murder was allegedly committed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army or ARSA. I have received credible reports that members of the ARSA have killed, tortured, kidnapped and threatened Rohingya refugees,” Andrews said. .
“There is a realization that there are various forms of activity … harmful activity that must be combated.”