UN, WB, UNHCR chiefs in Cox's Bazar to meet Rohingyas

Written by Abdul Aziz, Cox’s Bazar | Published on: July 2, 2018
More than 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing the violence which erupted in Myanmar on August 25, 2017

Rohingya refugees arrive in Bangladesh, September 2017Syed Zakir Hossain
Rohingya refugees arrive in Bangladesh, September 2017 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
 
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim have arrived in Cox’s Bazar to visit the Rohingya camps.

They arrived at Cox’s Bazar Airport around 8:45am on Monday.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, among others, are accompanying them in the visit.

Cox’s bazaar Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Md Afrazul Hoque Tutul confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

He said the dignitaries will leave for Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Ukhiya around 10:45am. 

They are scheduled to talk to the Rohingyas staying at the camp. They are also likely to brief the media at the camp after their visit.

The visit will highlight the generosity of Bangladesh in hosting the Rohingyas, as well as the need for the international community to do more.

They will review the situation of the newly arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh, and assess progress towards a safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees, in line with international standards, according to UN officials.

The visit also aims to lay the groundwork for further dialogue with the government of Bangladesh on medium-term planning for the refugee situation and to reiterate the UN and the World Bank's support for finding comprehensive solutions to the situation of the Rohingya people, the UN said.

A number of high-profile visits to Bangladesh, including that of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, indicate that Myanmar is under “another spell of pressure” from the international community over the Rohingya issue, according to experts.

International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer, who is also in Bangladesh, visited the Rohingya camps on Sunday.

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee is now visiting Bangladesh.

More than 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing the violence that erupted in Myanmar on August 25, 2017. 

Following the influx, Cox’s Bazar has turned into the world's largest and fastest growing refugee camp. The makeshift settlements are putting pressure on the environment, existing infrastructure, and social services that were already constrained.

This article was first published on Dhaka Tribune