United Nations (UN) Human Rights expert Yanghee Lee is expected to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar soon.
Yanghee Lee will come to Bangladesh on January 19 on a six-day visit.
Lee will also visit Thailand, a neighbouring country of Myanmar, said a press release issued on Friday by the UN Human Rights.
The Special Rapporteur will visit Thailand from January 14 and then travel to Bangladesh on 19 January where she will visit Dhaka and the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar will make the visit amid the country’s continued denial to her access to Rakhine State.
The Government of Myanmar has maintained its decision to cease cooperation with the Special Rapporteur, and refused her entry to Myanmar.
“I still seek to engage with the Myanmar government and remain committed to my mandate to monitor the situation of human rights in Myanmar. I will continue to meet with people from Myanmar and speak out about human rights issues that occur around the country,” said Lee.
Lee, who earlier said incidents in Rakhine State bear the “hallmarks of genocide” and called for accountability in the strongest terms, will begin her Bangladesh visit on January 19.
Yanghee Lee is also expected to visit the island of Bhashan Char in Noakhali where the Bangladesh government has planned to shift Rohingyas to the island.
Lee will hold a news conference at 5:00 pm on 24 January at the Ascott Residence Hotel in Dhaka. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.
The UN Special Rapporteur will present her findings and recommendations at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2019.
The Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar are the victims of human rights violations committed in the midst of the violence that erupted in August 2017 forcing over 800,000 Rohingya people to take shelter in Bangladesh.