U.S. diplomat resigns from Aung Suu Kyi-appointed panel on Rohingya crisis

According to the deal, those who return will first live in transit camps that the Myanmar government says it has set up before eventually returning to their now-destroyed villages they fled in terror just a few months ago.

A Rohingya refugee carries firewood past the vehicle of visiting Unicef bigwig Justin Forsyth at Balukhali refugee camp 50 kilometres from Cox's Bazar on Wednesday.

Gradual repatriations of Rohingya were to begin Tuesday under agreements signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh, but Bangladeshi officials delayed the returns at the last minute, saying more time was needed amid questions about safety and whether the refugees were returning voluntarily.

"We are right now at the border ready to receive, if the Bangladeshis bring them to our side", Kyaw Tin, minister of worldwide cooperation, told reporters in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital.

Officials in Bangladesh and Myanmar have responded positively to a delay in the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, while refugees in Bangladeshi camps and rights groups claim the planned process threatens refugees' security and well-being.

"I think it's time to impose an arms embargo on the Myanmar army, including targeted sanctions against the generals who are behind these atrocities", APHR Chairperson and Malaysian MP Charles Santiago said seeking the assistance of India, China and Russian Federation in achieving these goals - three countries it claims are all selling arms to Myanmar.

Richardson said he was "extremely upset" over her reaction to his request to address the situation of the two journalists "swiftly and fairly". "The only thing is to put more pressure on Myanmar", EU Head of Delegation Ambassador Rensje Teerink told UNB in an interview.

Repatriation of Rohingyas
Bangladesh delays repatriating Rohingya refugees hours before set to begin

It is thought they had been reporting on atrocities committed by security forces in Rakhine.

The board was informed that Richardson "had to be asked to leave", it said.

In October past year, the council in its conclusions said it may consider additional measures if the situation does not improve but also stands ready to respond accordingly to positive developments.

Mr. Richardson said he had been "very shocked" by how Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and other board members had disparaged human rights groups, the United Nations and global media organizations over how the Rohingya disaster had been presented to the world.

The Myanmar government on Thursday said it asked veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson to resign from an advisory panel on the Rohingya Muslim crisis in western Myanmar's Rakhine state because he was pursuing "his own agenda". He said last week en route to Myanmar that during his visit he meant to secure the release of the Reuters journalists, who were seized in December.

One of these, he added, is citizenship papers for refugees who were forced from their homes and lack proper documentation to prove their residency.

The United States criticized Russian Federation on Wednesday for approving sales of fighter jets to Myanmar's military despite its deadly operations against Rohingya Muslims, warning that Moscow's actions could make the situation worse. Last month, Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on Myanmar who has been a vocal critic of the military crackdown, was denied a visa to the country. They fear more attacks if they return. The refugees were expected to make a peaceful and dignified transition back to their old lives starting from January 23 and to be completed over the next two years, but their refusal to comply with the United Nations' and the Bangladeshi authorities' directives has raised doubts over their smooth repatriation.

  • Rogelio Becker