Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

UN Security Council to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iraq

UN Security Council to visit Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iraq

UNHCR also urged the Myanmar Government to immediately provide full and unhindered access to refugees' places of origin in Rakhine, which would enable it to assess the situation and provide information to refugees about conditions in the places of origin, as well as to monitor any possible future return and reintegration of refugees.

According to U.N. officials, almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh from Rakhine to escape a military crackdown since August, amid reports of murder, rape and arson by Myanmar troops and Buddhist vigilantes which the United Nations has likened to "ethnic cleansing".

The UNHCR thanked Bangladesh for its hospitality, protection and assistance to those refugees.

The U.N. refugee agency called a Myanmar minister's visit to Bangladesh to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees a confidence-building measure, but said conditions in Myanmar were not ready for their return.

UNHCR appreciates KSRelief's kind and timely contribution particularly in light of the pressing need for emergency assistance for thousands of Rohingya refugees who have arrived to Bangladesh in search of refuge and safety.

On November 23, Dhaka and Naypyidaw signed an agreement to begin repatriating the refugees in January this year, but the process has stalled over technical and ground-level problems. Noting that such conditions are not present at the moment, the United Nations refugee agency urged Myanmar authorities to create them as well as to take concrete measures to address the root causes of displacement.

But the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday Myanmar was not prepared.

Win Myat Aye, Myanmar's social welfare minister, provoked anger when he reportedly told a group of about 40 Rohingya that if they were to return to Myanmar, they would have to accept national verification cards and state they were migrants from Bangladesh.

Last week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said about 150,000 Rohingya refugees, who fled from Myanmar into crowded camps in Bangladeshs Coxs Bazar are living in flood-prone areas and must be relocated ahead of the coming rainy season.

Such concrete measures would help demonstrate to refugees that the Myanmar government is committed to a sustainable solution.

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