BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
Oak Maedow Phuket BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Myanmar still not safe for Rohingya to return: UN refugee chief

Myanmar still not safe for Rohingya to return: UN refugee chief

MYANMAR: Myanmar has failed to put in place conditions for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled an army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief said on Monday (Feb 12).

crimedeathimmigrationMyanmarmurdermilitaryreligionsexviolence
By AFP

Wednesday 14 February 2018, 09:31AM


Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food aid at Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district. Photo: AFP

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait for food aid at Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district. Photo: AFP

The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement reached between Myanmar and Bangladesh allowing for their return to their homes in Rakhine state.

“Let me be clear: conditions are not yet conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told a Security Council meeting, speaking by videoconference from Geneva.

“The causes of their flight have not been addressed, and we have yet to see substantive progress on addressing the exclusion and denial of rights that has deepened over the last decades, rooted in their lack of citizenship.”

Myanmar regards the Rohingya as immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship, even though they have been there for generations.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the council to ensure Myanmar’s military is held accountable for its campaign against the Rohingya, following accounts of killings, burning of villages, rape and mass graves.

“This council must hold the military accountable for their actions and pressure Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge these horrific acts are taking place in her country. No more excuses,” Haley said.

The United Nations has accused Myanmar of carrying out an ethnic cleansing campaign by forcing the Muslim Rohingyas into exile.

China, a supporter of Myanmar’s former ruling junta, called for patience and noted that “stability and order” had been restored to Rakhine state.

The Rohingya crisis “cannot be solved overnight”, said Chinese Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu.

Measures should be adopted by Myanmar “to address the root cause of poverty through development” in Rakhine, he said, sidestepping appeals for citizenship rights for the Rohingya.

Dan About Thailand

The meeting came nearly three months after the council adopted a statement demanding that Myanmar rein in its security forces and allow the Rohingya to voluntarily return.

The UN refugee chief said that while the exodus had significantly decreased, the flow “still continues”, with some 1,500 refugees arriving in Bangladesh this month.

Haley said the refugees should not return to Myanmar until they feel confident that “they will not fall victim to the same horrors that drove them from their homes in the first place”.

“Right now, these refugees don’t have this confidence,” she said. “Many are too scared to return to their country.”

Haley’s concerns were echoed by France, Britain and Sweden, among other countries, but Myanmar’s ambassador said his government was ready to move ahead with plans to take back refugees.

Myanmar has made “great strides” in restoring stability and has given Bangladesh a list of “508 Hindus and 750 Muslims” to be among the first returnees, said Ambassador Hau Do Suan.

The UN refugee chief also raised alarm over the monsoon rainy season starting next month, warning that 100,000 refugees were living in flood-prone areas and must be urgently relocated.

International support to Bangladesh’s government must be stepped up “to avert a catastrophe”, he warned.

The council is demanding that aid workers be allowed to reach those displaced inside Rakhine state and wants UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to quickly appoint a special envoy to Myanmar.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
CCSA fears infections surge over long weekend

'No new cases' is just propaganda. They hardly test local people. Among all tested returnin...(Read More)


Chinese tourists for Phuket ‘bubble’

Has Bangkok forgotten already, where that virus came from . Mr. Happy is in China's pocket....(Read More)


Sustainably Yours: Solving Phuket’s Water Crisis

All good points and completely true. But Thai's don't do anything unless they're forced ...(Read More)


Nightlife to resume, some foreigners allowed in

The height of sexism to criminalize women's breasts, which are identical to overweight males...(Read More)


TAT Governor marks more than 100 Phuket tourism operators awarded SHA certification

When I, as a 'quality tourist' would arrive in a ***** Thai hotel and see that SHA sticker, ...(Read More)


CCSA fears infections surge over long weekend

Well, with Thailand in a actually in a insular 'lock down' to the outside world. ( beside b...(Read More)


EU opens borders to ‘safe’ countries including Thailand

EU put graciously Thailand on the list of countries who might visit EU countries. Now Thailand has t...(Read More)


Chinese tourists for Phuket ‘bubble’

quality tourist from Europe will not be coming if the Chinese are in Phuket, who wants to risk being...(Read More)


Chinese tourists for Phuket ‘bubble’

I miss Thai Government stand how China publicly , till now handle their Hunan- and Swine virus outbr...(Read More)


Phuket bar rules revealed, operators warned to comply or face closure

Must close at midnight, Right. Where were all the health Officials, police, Patong Mayor, mr Sirawat...(Read More)