UN Guterres: 'Safety of Rohingya Refugees During Monsoon Season Top Priority'

Published July 3rd, 2018 - 01:00 GMT
Muslim Rohingya waiting the foods (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Muslim Rohingya waiting the foods (Shutterstock/File Photo)

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday the safety of Rohingya refugees during the monsoon season was a priority.

The U.N. chief visited Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh with President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim.

In a tweet along with his picture with the refugees, Guterres said: “In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, I’ve just heard unimaginable accounts of killing and rape from Rohingya refugees who recently fled Myanmar.”

“They want justice and a safe return home.

“The safety of the Rohingya refugees during this monsoon season is priority one. As many as 200,000 need to be relocated.

“We cannot allow the monsoons to wash away the hopes of the Rohingya refugees I met today in Bangladesh,” he added.

A statement by the U.N. said the joint visit to Bangladesh will end on July 3.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 750,000 refugees, mostly children and women, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to Amnesty International.

At least 9,400 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine from Aug. 25 to Sept. 24 last year, according to Doctors Without Borders.

In a report published recently, the humanitarian group said the deaths of 71.7 percent or 6,700 Rohingya were caused by violence. They include 730 children below the age of 5.



The Rohingya, described by the U.N. as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

The U.N. documented mass gang rapes, killings -- including of infants and young children -- brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by security personnel.

In a report, U.N. investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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