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Rohingya repatriation: US asks Myanmar to take urgent, concrete steps

  • Published at 12:13 pm May 22nd, 2018
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File photo of Rohingya refugees Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The call came as the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ended his three-day visit to Myanmar

USAID Administrator Mark Green has called on the Myanmar government to take urgent, concrete steps to fulfil its pledge to allow for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

He also called on Myanmar to fulfil the promise of the country's democratic transition by respecting the human rights and dignity of all ethnic peoples, regardless of membership in particular ethnic groups or minority communities.

The call came as the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ended his three-day visit to Myanmar.

Administrator Green visited Rakhine state, where he saw first-hand the alarming reality that faces Rohingya communities, said the USAID on Monday.

During his visit, the administrator met with representatives of both Rohingya and Rakhine communities supported by USAID in northern Rakhine and Sittwe to learn about the challenges they face, including lack of basic infrastructure.

He was deeply troubled to see Rohingyas being denied basic access to education and livelihoods, and left dependent on emergency humanitarian relief for food and medical care.

Rohingya communities also face harsh restrictions on freedom of movement that run counter to the core tenets of democracy and international human-rights principles.

Green met with representatives of multiple non-governmental organizations that are providing assistance to all communities in Rakhine state, and are working to build trust between communities torn apart by violence and prejudice.

He commended them for their heroic work, and reinforced US commitment to pressing for a sustainable, peaceful solution to the crisis that protects the dignity of vulnerable communities.

Green's visit also underscored the importance of humanitarian access as a key step toward addressing the crisis and mitigating suffering, as well as the importance of media access to provide open and credible information on measures being taken to improve the lives of all communities.

US Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel and USAID Mission Director Teresa McGhie joined Green in leading a US delegation that also included USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Gloria Steele, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Mark Storella.

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