Published:  01:47 AM, 21 June 2024

Donors ‘deeply concerned’ by worsening Rakhine situation

Donors ‘deeply concerned’ by worsening Rakhine situation
Donors from the international community including the United States, European Union and other countries on Thursday said they remain deeply concerned by the worsening situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar and the cross-border implications.

“Today we reiterate the importance of protecting all civilians,” they said in a joint media release marking World Refugee Day, UNB reports.

The donor countries said the hope remains that safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable repatriation will be possible for Rohingya refugees in the long-term.

However, they observed the escalating conflict and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Myanmar mean that this is unlikely in the near future.

“Today, on World Refugee Day, we stand in solidarity with the more than 120 million people that is 1 in 69, worldwide who are forcibly displaced due to conflict, violence, and persecution. Among these individuals are over 1 million Rohingyas, who fled from their homes in Myanmar and sought refuge in Bangladesh,” the media release reads.

They appreciated the government of Bangladesh for continuing to host the Rohingya in their time of need.

“We also continue to honour the incredible resilience and strength of spirit of the Rohingya people in adversity,” they said.

The donor countries said they all continue to make dedicated efforts to provide essential services for Rohingya refugees, and Bangladesh's host communities.

“We continue to advocate for global attention for this protracted crisis, amid emerging new crises and growing global humanitarian need,” the joint media release shared by the US Embassy in Dhaka said.

In the camps, improved opportunities for refugees to pursue meaningful education and livelihoods could build essential resilience and self-reliance.
“This is important to overcome cycles of poverty and marginalization for future generations,” they said.

At the Global Refugee Forum in December 2023, they made a collective pledge to share global responsibility and enhance partnerships to address the complexities of forced displacement.

“We remain committed to ensure a better and more dignified life for the Rohingyas while they remain in Bangladesh. We will continue to pursue regional coordination and collective efforts towards sustainable solutions for Rohingya refugees, partnering with the Government of Bangladesh,” they said.

The European Union also shared the joint media release from its verified Facebook page. Other donor countries are the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Norway and Italy.

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