United Nations condemns lack of humanitarian access to Rohingya muslims in Myanmar

Posted October 07, 2017

Bangladesh will build a single, enormous refugee camp to house around 800,000 Rohingya refugees as a Bangladeshi minister warned his country was struggling to deal with the flood across the border.

Rohingya Muslim refugees exhausted by their journey rest upon arrival on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on September 30.

About 515,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya militants in August triggered a sweeping Myanmar military offensive that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing, a term the government rejects.

Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, minister for disaster management and relief, said all the Rohingya would eventually be moved from 23 camps along the border and other makeshift camps around Cox's Bazar to the new zone.

Up to 15,000 people joined the demonstrations in Bangladesh's second largest city, police said, organised by hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam to protest against the killings of the Rohingya.

"Our position is very clear, the problem has been created in Myanmar and the solution has to be found in Myanmar", Haque said at a press conference. They all look forward to go back.

The Rohingya are regarded as illegal immigrants in Myanmar and most are stateless.

Haque, who met Foreign secretary S Jaishankar in the Capital on Thursday evening, was also hopeful of India's support to Bangladesh in the wake of the refugee crisis.

The Rohingya refugee crisis is considered the "world's fastest-growing refugee emergency" after beginning to flee August 25, stated Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General.

The Myanmar government has taken groups of reporters to the region in recent weeks and has denied charges of systematic abuses against the Rohingya.

Either way, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a special meeting of the Security Council in September the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh was spiraling into "a humanitarian and human rights nightmare".

"We have identified ten patients infected with hepatitis B and C, of whom two died; besides seven persons have been detected as HIV/AIDS positive of whom one woman died", he said.

Local BJP members are fuelling resentment against Rohingya refugees, often dubbed as the world's most persecuted people.

Lowcock said talks between Myanmar and Bangladesh on a repatriation plan were a useful first step.