Allow Unhindered Humanitarian Access to Rohingya Refugee Camps: UN

Published January 24th, 2018 - 11:12 GMT
This photo taken on Jan. 23, 2018 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees crossing a canal next to a settlement near the 'no man's land' area between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Tombru in Bangladesh's Bandarban district (Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP)
This photo taken on Jan. 23, 2018 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees crossing a canal next to a settlement near the 'no man's land' area between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Tombru in Bangladesh's Bandarban district (Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

The United Nations has called on Myanmar to grant aid agencies unhindered access to camps that have been built near the border with Bangladesh to house the tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who face repatriation from Bangladesh.

The Taung Pyo Letwe refugee camp, built by Myanmar outside the town of Maungdaw in Rakhine State and near the Bangladeshi border, consists of long, plywood structures constructed on a rocky field and surrounded by a wire mesh fence topped with barbed wire.

UNHCR on Wednesday called on Myanmar “to allow the necessary unhindered humanitarian access in Rakhine State and create conditions for a genuine and lasting solution.”

It said that “there are continued restrictions on access for aid agencies, the media and other independent observers” in Myanmar.

Rohingya Muslims have faced horrific violence at the hands of the Myanmarese military and extremist Buddhists in Rakhine. Many have fled to Bangladesh, where they live in squalid camps; others have remained trapped in Rakhine.

But under a deal between Bangladesh and the Myanmarese government, those who have taken shelter in Bangladesh face repatriation.

The U.N. children’s agency said on Wednesday that necessary safeguards for the refugees were still missing.

“Until the safety and well being of any child returning to Myanmar can be guaranteed, talk of repatriation is premature,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said in a statement.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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