UN Security Council Delegation May Visit Myanmar, Bangladesh
The U.N. Security Council may visit Myanmar and Bangladesh this month to see firsthand the situation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar.
Council president for April, Peruvian Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, told reporters that the government of Myanmar has agreed to the visit.
Some 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine for neighboring Bangladesh since August, after attacks by Rohingya militants on state security forces led to military reprisals that the United Nations says were executed in a well-organized, systematic and coordinated manner and are a "textbook example" of ethnic cleansing.
Access to Rakhine for diplomats, aid workers and journalists has been limited since August.
The U.N.'s deputy humanitarian chief, Ursula Mueller, travels to Myanmar on Monday. She will be in the country through Sunday to study the humanitarian impact of the crisis in Rakhine and the conflict in Kachin and Shan states.
French Rail Workers Launch Strike
French railway workers went on strike Tuesday in the first of a series of planned work stoppages in protest of the government's plans to institute reforms to the system.
Only a fraction of trains were running across the country, leaving platforms packed with people and roads clogged with commuters who normally rely on rail travel instead.
French President Emmanuel Macron wants to strip away job guarantees and other benefits for new hires for the railway system.
The government says the reforms are necessary to keep the services economically competitive and in line with European Union rules.
The main rail unions plan to strike two days out of every five for the next three months.