More than 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing the violence that erupted in Myanmar on August 25, 2017
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, want justice and a safe return to Myanmar.
"They want justice and a safe return home," the UN chief tweeted from the Rohingya camps on Monday, where they arrived around 11am at the Kutupalong camp in Ukhiya.
Guterres heard unimaginable accounts of killing and rape from Rohingya refugees who recently fled Myanmar.
The UN chief and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim arrived in Cox’s Bazar around 8:45am to visit the Rohingya camps.
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. pic.twitter.com/uukLfdfADm— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) July 2, 2018
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, among others, are accompanying them in the visit.
The visit will highlight the generosity of Bangladesh in hosting the Rohingyas, as well as the need for the international community to do more.
They will review the situation of the newly arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh, and assess progress towards a safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees, in line with international standards, according to UN officials.
The visit also aims to lay the groundwork for further dialogue with the government of Bangladesh on medium-term planning for the refugee situation and to reiterate the UN and the World Bank's support for finding comprehensive solutions to the situation of the Rohingya people, the UN said.
A number of high-profile visits to Bangladesh, including that of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, indicate that Myanmar is under “another spell of pressure” from the international community over the Rohingya issue, according to experts.
International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer, who is also in Bangladesh, visited the Rohingya camps on Sunday.
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee is now visiting Bangladesh.
More than 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing the violence that erupted in Myanmar on August 25, 2017.
Following the influx, Cox’s Bazar has turned into the world's largest and fastest growing refugee camp. The makeshift settlements are putting pressure on the environment, existing infrastructure, and social services that were already constrained.