Home About Kuna Advertise Contact Us Kuna's Bureaus Services KUNA training center Term Of Use
Register Login
facebook Twitter Youtube rss
UN Security Council to vote on draft on Syria Saturday      Trump says Syria "humanitarian disgrace"      Hamas warns against moving US embassy to Jerusalem      Passenger vehicle hits White House security barrier      Latest sanctions serve to hinder N. Korea's 'evasive' maritime activities      EU calls for immediate stop to fighting in Syria      Saudi editors pay landmark visit to Baghdad      Ankara summons Dutch diplomat over Armenians' events      Trump says US will take specific actions to reduce gun violence      IAEA says Iran committed to nuclear deal
  Human
Conditions unconducive to repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar - UN
14/02/2018 | LOC02:43
23:43 GMT
| World News
تصغير الخطالشكل الأساسيتكبير الخط
NEW YORK, Feb 13 (KUNA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said it is time to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis, including the decades of repression inside Myanmar, so those who fled feel safe enough to return to their homeland. "We are now in a race against time as a major new emergency looms," he told the UN Security Council via a video link from Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
The Kutupalong area in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar is now the largest refugee settlement in the world, and with the monsoon season to start in March, 107,000 refugees are estimated to be living in areas prone to flooding or landslides, Grandi noted. "The [Bangladeshi] Government is steering a massive emergency preparedness effort, but international support must be stepped up to avert a catastrophe," he said, stressing, "as we have repeatedly said, resolving this crisis means finding solutions inside Myanmar." He affirmed that conditions are not yet conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
The refugee crisis erupted in late August when Myanmar armed forces launched a security operation in the north of Rakhine State, driving thousands of children, women and men to flee over the border to Bangladesh in search of safety.
"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," Grandi said.
"It is time to bring an end to this repeated, devastating cycle of violence, displacement and statelessness to invest in tangible, substantial measures that will start to overcome the profound exclusion that the Rohingya community have endured for far too long," he added.
Also addressing the Council was UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca, who said that while there has been certain progress on the three priorities laid out by the Secretary-General, not all have been implemented thus far.
Turning first to the need to end violence and improve the security situation, he said that although large-scale acts of violence have subsided, concerns about threats and intimidation against the remaining Rohingya population from Bamar and Rakhine communities, as well as from militia and security forces in Rakhine state, persist. Second, the UN does not have sufficient access to make a meaningful assessment of the humanitarian or human rights situation in Rakhine.
As for the third point, which is voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of refugees and internally displaced people to their places of origin or choice, Jenca said the Government has taken some high-level steps to advance this process, including the convening of an Advisory Board, whose recommendations include the inclusion of the UN at an early stage, soonest full humanitarian access, wider media access, and the formation of an independent fact-finding commission. Jenca called on the authorities in Myanmar to release the arrested two Reuters journalists and respect the right to freedom of expression and information.
Reuters has now published the story these journalists were working on, a deeply disturbing account of the execution of 10 Rohingya men in Inn Din village (Maungdaw) in northern Rakhine state,he said, while the Associated Press (AP) has also published a report of five mass graves in Gudar Pyin village (Buthidaung). "These and other shocking reports of grave abuses demand our attention and action, for the sake of lasting peace and justice," he added. (end) asf.gb
 Print
  Email
 Save
Share
Share
Kuwait
Photos from GCC Summit
Photos from GCC
share your photos Kuwait Vision
Vote for best photo for 2017
Kuwait Reader
Kuwait Vision
 
News Brief
 


KUNA publishes a book titled (His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: A Humanitarian Leader) to commemorate the UN honoring of Kuwait's leader

 
Most Read Most Emailed  
1.   Today in Kuwait's history
2.   Kuwait's diplomatic missions abroad continues to celebrate nat'l occasions
3.   Kuwaiti oil price up by 46 cents to USD 61.26 pb
4.   Photo of the Day
5.   His Highness the Amir congratulates Guyana on nat'l day
6.   'Sabah's Falcons' a Kuwaiti rescue team
 
 
kuna magazien

 
Publications

 
WEATHER
PRAYER
CURRENCIES
KUWAIT AIRPORT
About KUNA KUNA SERVICES USEFUL LINKS KUNA ARCHIVE KUNA PUBLICATIONS
Home
About Kuna
Advertise
Contact Us
Kuna's Bureaus
Services
KUNA training center
Term Of Use
Read The Whole Newscast
Pictures (during the week)
FTP Service
KUNA Reader
SMS Services
kuwait in memory of day
Job Application
Careers
Arab News Agencies
International News Agencies
Governmental Institutes
other useful links
Prayer Times
News Archive
Other News Services
Today In Kuwait's History
Events
Training Sessions
Videos
All KUNA right are reserved © 2012. This site is designed and published by IDS