UN investigator: Myanmar is not safe for Rohingyas to return

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s independent human rights investigator on Myanmar says it's not safe for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to return because Myanmar has failed to dismantle to dismantle its "system of persecution" of Rohingyas.

Yanghee Lee said in a report to the General Assembly circulated Friday that living conditions for the remaining Rohingya in northern Rakihine state "remain dreadful."

The U.N. special rapporteur said they are unable to leave their villages, can't earn a living, and are dependent on humanitarian aid which has been "so heavily diminished that their basic means for survival has been affected."

Lee expressed concern that a household-counting exercise in Rohingya villages "is an effort to erase the Rohingya from administrative records and make their return less possible."