UK to push for accountability, safe repatriation of Rohingyas

The UK on Tuesday said it will continue advocating for accountability on the part of Myanmar for crimes committed against the Rohingyas.

The country will also push for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Rohingya people to their homes in the Rakhine state.

The British High Commission in Dhaka conveyed it in a message as the Rohingya crisis enters into the fourth year.

British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson also tweeted marking the day.

“As the current Rohingya crisis enters its 4th year, UK is supporting the refugees in Bangladesh, pushing for accountability on the part of Myanmar and working for the safe, dignified and voluntary return of the Rohingyas to their homes in Rakhine,” he tweeted.

The British High Commission paid tribute to the extraordinary generosity of the people and Government of Bangladesh in hosting Rohingya refugees, especially over the last three years.

“We also acknowledge the incredible resilience, courage and tenacity of Rohingya people in the face of adversity,” the message reads.

Since the beginning of the current crisis in 2017, the UK has been supporting Rohingya refugees with emergency lifesaving and life sustaining support and prioritising our assistance to reduce pressure on the host community, it said.

Over the last three years, the UK has contributed more than £256 million in response to the Rohingya crisis.

“We will continue to work together with the Government of Bangladesh, the UN, international partners and host communities to assess evolving needs and respond promptly,” said the High Commission.

The UK has said it will continue to support implementation of the advisory commission’s recommendations, and provide vital humanitarian assistance, for the benefit of all the people of Rakhine State.

As outlined in the advisory commission’s final report, a long term solution will require inter-communal dialogue and cohesion, as well as a genuine pathway to citizenship for the Rohingya.

Three years ago, the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State published its final report, setting out recommendations on how to improve lives for all communities in Rakhine State.

The UK believes the commission’s recommendations remain the best template to resolve the complex issues in Rakhine state, according to UK Mission in Myanmar.

The Myanmar Government’s own Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) reinforced many of the Rakhine advisory commission’s findings, and highlighted the importance of accountability for subsequent human rights violations, it said.

:UNB