When visiting Cox’s Bazar, the UN rights commissioner hears the concerns of the Rohingya refugees


When visiting Cox's Bazar, the UN rights commissioner hears the concerns of the Rohingya refugees

Source: AUN News

She went to camps in Cox’s Bazar housing Rohingya refugees who had fled Myanmar five years prior “to obtain some safety” due to harsh repression and human rights violations.

After touring several locations inside a camp, Ms. Bachelet stated that “an estimated 1.1 million Rohingya’s are in Bangladesh right now, meaning Cox’s Bazar, some of them in Bhashan char.”

They talked about their complaints, suffering, and how they left and lost everything—the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Women share aches

The top UN human rights official visited with women’s and youth groups and religious leaders, who expressed their worries and hoped for her.

She discussed their experiences with them in a women’s safe space within the Cox’s Bazar camp.

Ms. Bachelet stated that the refugees “explained their frustrations, their pains, how they left and lost everything they have…their livelihoods” and loved ones.

They discussed the shelter that had been provided for them in the Cox’s Bazar camp in Bangladesh, as well as the services that had been provided for them by the UN, its allies, and NGOs.

Youth wanting to go back

Young volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18 expressed their desire for an education and to return to Myanmar as citizens.

She recalled their conversations: “When our rights are honored, we can have our livelihoods, we can have land, and we can feel like we are part of the country.”

Respectful repatriation

The High Commissioner emphasized the significance of ensuring that any returns occur in safe and sustainable settings and are done respectfully and voluntarily.

“The UN is supporting them as best we can. We’ll keep doing that,” she declared.

But we also need to address the issue’s deep-seated causes. When there are conditions for safety and voluntary return, we must take care of it and make sure they may return to Myanmar.

War’s effects on Ukraine

In the meantime, rising food prices result from the current economic crisis and the conflict in Ukraine.

The UN official stated that “the same amount of money that before could purchase more now may buy less,” adding that “the difficulty that they have been seeing here, as in many other locations of the world, is that the prices of food are rising.”

She emphasized that this was causing issues for the residents of Cox’s Bazar and urged the international community not to leave the Rohingya.

Because of the repercussions, Ms. BMselet pleaded with the globe to “remain help to help even looking to see if they can increase the support.”

Getting to the end

The top UN rights officer met at the government guest house with the foreign minister, other ministers, and representatives of civil society organizations when she was in Dhaka.

She emphasized yesterday the need for ciforc space and favorable circumstances for society to recognize and address the nation’s #HumanRights problems effectively.

After visiting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and holding a press conference, she will end her stay tomorrow.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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