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UNHCR chief visits Rohingya camps

  • Published at 07:05 pm July 10th, 2017
UNHCR chief visits Rohingya camps
A delegation led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, on Monday visited two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar and spoke to the refugees who fled persecution in Myanmar. Grandi visited a registered and unregistered camp in Kutupalong in Ukhiya upazila after flying into Dhaka on Saturday from his visit in Myanmar. He spoke to the refugees and met with the deputy commissioner of Cox’s Bazar. He declined to comment on what was discussed during these visits. The United Nations has established a fact-finding mission to investigate crimes against humanity allegedly committed by Myanmar's military during the counter-offensive. The mass exodus of Rohingya began when Myanmar security forces launched a ruthless crackdown on the Rakhine state following an insurgent attack on Myanmar border police posts last October. Between October 2016 and February 2017, around 75,000 Rohingya refugees entered Bangladesh, according to IOM estimates. Grandi’s three-day trip included a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. On Friday, Grandi urged the Myanmar government to grant citizenship to the Rohingyas during his first official visit to Southeast Asia. In Myanmar, the UN high commissioner he met with top government leaders, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. He then travelled to Rakhine state and met communities in the towns of Sittwe and Maungdaw, home to a large population of Rohingya Muslims.
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