UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener expressed her sincere appreciation of the government and people of Bangladesh, in particular, the host communities, for the efforts to accept and provide assistance to more than 700,000 Rohingya, who have sought refuge in and around Cox's Bazar District.
Ms. Burgener paid her first official visit to Bangladesh from 14 to 16 July. In Dhaka, she met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Director General of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence Maj. Gen Mohammad Saiful Abedin and Foreign Secretary Mohammed Shahidul Haque, as well as the diplomatic community and the UN country team.
In Cox's Bazar, the special envoy visited the sprawling refugee camps and heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State. She was deeply moved by their personal stories and their strength. Despite these serious violations of human rights, they expressed to the envoy their hope to return home if security could be guaranteed and citizenship could be provided.
Burgener underlined the need for greater international assistance to the refugees and host communities in addressing the harsh conditions they continue to face and also in terms of mitigating the risk of monsoons.
Calling for accountability for the human rights violations committed, the special envoy expressed her support for the implementation of the November 2017 agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar, and last month's agreement between Myanmar, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Development Program (UNDP), paving the way towards a conducive environment allowing for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of the people to their place of origin or choice.
Source: International Islamic News Agency