Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dignified return of Rohingyas

Dignified return of Rohingyas

Myanmar must take back with full dignity and safety its ethnic minority Rohingyas flushed out of their homeland and sheltered in Bangladesh, the chief executives of two global bodies sent in such a message. United Nations Secretary-General Antoinio Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, accompanied by other dignitaries accompanying them, began their Bangladesh tour with such observations that added further force to a global campaign for resolution of the Rohingya crisis. The UN Secretary-General and the World Bank President met Sheikh Hasina on Sunday (1st July) at her office at the outset of a three-day tour that will also take them to the Rohingya camps for a first-hand view of the humanitarian crisis. The UN executive chief reassured continued UN pressure on Myanmar on the issue and simultaneously give Bangladesh its constant support for resolving and handling the crisis. Guterres mentioned that the international community reiterated their solidarity with Bangladesh on the issue and appreciated the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to the Rohingyas. The prime minister apprised the visiting dignitaries of the current situation of the Rohingyas and mentioned that these people started entering Bangladesh back in 1977. Bangladesh has given shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas only on humanitarian grounds, and various services, including healthcare, are being provided to them. The government is preparing an island to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas where they will get better living condition and livelihood opportunities. On Monday (2nd July ), Guterres and Kim has travelled to Cox's Bazar to visit Rohingya refugee communities and humanitarian workers, and advocate for more donor support. They will review the situation of the newly arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh, and assess progress towards a safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees in line with international standards. The new influx has taken place since August 25 last year as Myanmar military launched a crackdown at their abodes in Buddhist-dominated western Rakhine state. The UN earlier described the action as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". More than 700,000 of them have crossed into Bangladesh territory crossing since then. The Bangladesh government should now address the effective, dignified and safe return of Rohingyas to their homeland. The humanitarian issue of Rohingya repatriation should be the prime agenda for the UN, and the WB who should assist the Bangladesh government over the many problems of Rohingya influx and their rehabilitation and safe return. Canada and the European Union (EU) last week imposed a simultaneous and nearly identical sanction against seven Myanmar military officers while the United States expressed its strong support to these sanctions.

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