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Rohingya crisis: UK pledges continued efforts to ensure accountability, safe return

  • Published at 01:53 pm August 25th, 2020
File photo: An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, September 11, 2017 Reuters

London also lauds Bangladesh’s extraordinary generosity in hosting Rohingyas

The United Kingdom has lauded the extraordinary generosity of Bangladesh in hosting hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, particularly in the last three years.

At the same time, London pledged that it would continue efforts to ensure accountability of the crimes committed by Myanmar against the Rohingyas and their safe return back home to Rakhine.

“Today, we pay tribute to the extraordinary generosity of the people and the Government of Bangladesh in hosting Rohingya refugees, especially over the last three years,” the British High Commission in Dhaka said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We also acknowledge the incredible resilience, courage and tenacity of Rohingya people in the face of adversity,” it said.

“We will continue advocating for accountability on the part of Myanmar for crimes committed against the Rohingya population, and push for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Rohingya people to their homes in Rakhine state,” it added.

Since the beginning of the current crisis in 2017, the UK has been supporting Rohingya refugees with emergency lifesaving and life sustaining support and prioritizing our assistance to reduce pressure on the host community, said the statement.

Over the last three years, the UK has contributed more than £256 million in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis, it said, assuring: “We will continue to work together with the Government of Bangladesh, the UN, international partners and host communities to assess evolving needs and respond promptly.”

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