Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

07 October, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Fleeing for their lives

IMO said it appealed this week to nations for 120 million dollars through March to provide desperately needed aid to the Rohingya refugees who have flooded into Cox's Bazar over the past six weeks.

Haque, who met Foreign secretary S Jaishankar in the Capital on Thursday evening, was also hopeful of India's support to Bangladesh in the wake of the refugee crisis.

Speaking at a press conference near the United Nations office in Geneva, humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said the lack of access in Myanmar was "unacceptable".

Bloody riots in 2012 forced over 100,000 Rohingya to flee to refugee camps in southeast Bangladesh, where many still live.

Some 515,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in an unrelenting movement of people that began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya militant attacks with a brutal crackdown.

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It conveyed as much to New Delhi, which in fact led to modifications in India's stance including pressure on Myanmar to rein in the security forces, and humanitarian aid to Bangladesh.

Up to 15,000 people joined the demonstrations in Bangladesh's second largest city, police said, organised by hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam to protest against the killings of the Rohingya.

Queues for food are continuing to swell in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, as more Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar make the border crossing.

Lowcock said that he believed "a high level" United Nations team would be able to visit the area "in the next few days", without elaborating, repeating UN's demands for Myanmar to allow "unhindered (and) unfettered" access to the state.

Some 900,000 doses of vaccine are due to arrive in the region at the weekend.

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Prominent human rights groups have reported documented cases of systematic attacks by the Myanmar military and Buddhist extremists against Rakhine's Muslim population, including random shootings, rape and arson attacks.

Hindus and ethnic Rakhine were also among the dead.

Under that agreement almost a quarter of a million people were repatriated from Bangladesh to Myanmar between the early 1990s and 2005, he said.

"I think the way India is now approaching on the Rohingya issue, we are extremely happy", Bangladesh foreign secretary Shahidul Haque said.

No formal action was taken by the Security Council during their September meeting, but U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned the time for words had passed.

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