No progress for Rohingyas to return to Myanmar: UN humanitarian chief

Vastavam web: The UN humanitarian chief has said there has been “no progress” in dealing with the reasons why more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Mark Lowcock, who just returned from a visit to Bangladesh, said on Monday Myanmar has failed “to put in place confidence-building measures that would persuade people it’s safe to go back.”

Nearly all have been denied citizenship since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless, and they are also denied freedom of movement and other basic rights. The latest crisis began with attacks by an underground Rohingya insurgent group on Myanmar security personnel in August 2017 in northern Rakhine. Myanmar’s military responded with a brutal campaign and is accused of mass rape, killings and the burning of thousands of homes that critics have described as ethnic cleansing, or even genocide.

He warned that “if we don’t get financed, the consequences will be serious” for the provision of such things as food rations and health services. Lowcock visited Bangladesh with UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi and Antonio Vitorino, head of the International Office for Migration.