Myanmar declares ready to return Rohingya refugees

A Myanmar minister told the president of Bangladesh that Myanmar is ready to repatriate the Rohingya Muslims who have fled the violence, although Bangladesh says it wants hundreds of thousands of refugees to have a safe and dignified repatriation opportunity.

Myanmar Interior Minister Kyaw Swe, in a three-day visit to Bangladesh, told President Abdul Hamid that Myanmar is ready to pick up Rohingya refugees according to an agreement signed late last year. So says presidential spokesman Joynal Abedin on Friday.

UN: Myanmar fails to create safer conditions for return of Rohingya refugees

Abedin also quotes Kyaw Swe as saying that Myanmar will implement the recommendation with a commission headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The spokesman said Hamid expressed his concern for Rohingya and wanted their repatriation safely and with dignity as agreed.

Kyaw Swe is scheduled to meet with Bangladesh's Minister of Home Affairs to discuss the return of refugees further. [lt]

Rohingya Refugees Facing Emergency Situations Ahead of the Rainy Season

United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says Rohingya refugees housed in camps outside Myanmar are now facing a new emergency due to the monsoon season. A UNHCR representative on Tuesday said the Burmese government had not yet confirmed the end of the threat of violence that forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee.

The United States urged the UN Security Council on Tuesday to hold the military leaders responsible for "ethnic cleansing" Rohingyas.

The United Nations says more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees live in flood-prone areas and landslides. UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi said Tuesday that tens of thousands of refugees should be relocated soon.

"With the emergence of a new emergency, we are now racing against time. The rainy season will start this March, "said Grandi.

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Di Under the international pressure, the Myanmar government agreed to allow a number of Rohingya citizens to return to Rakhine state.

Myanmar Ambassador to the UN Hau Do Suan said, "We have made the necessary preparations and are now ready to receive the first group of returning refugees." [19659002] But reporters found continuing violence against Muslim minority groups in Rakhine state.

UN deputy head of state for political affairs Miroslav Jenca said, "Reuters news agency published a report written by journalists on the murder of 10 men, male Rohingya in the village of Inn Din, Maungdaw, in the northern part of Rakhine. The Associated Press also reported five mass graves in the village of Gu Dar Pyin in Buthidaung. "

Since then, two Reuters journalists have been imprisoned and international investigation teams are not allowed to see locations where alleged violence has occurred.

Bangladesh said the Rohingyas from the state of Rakhine were still entering their country.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the UN Masud bin Momen said, "The remaining Rohingyas in the north of Rakhine are still continuing across the border; escape from cruelty, persecution and hunger. In the first 10 days of this month, there are 1,500 new refugees arriving in Bangladesh. "

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has urged the UN Security Council to address this atrocity in Myanmar

" In this situation we can not pretend not to know. What is happening in Myanmar and what is still happening there is not good. The council should hold the military accountable for action and pressure Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge the terrible acts committed in her country. There is no more reason not to act, "said Haley.

Nikki Haley also called for two journalists of the Reuters news agency arrested for reporting the Muslim-Rohingya massacre also immediately released. [em/ii]

Myanmar Failed to Create Safe Conditions for Return of Rohingya Refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Monday that Myanmar had failed to create a safe condition for the return of 688,000 Muslims-Rohingyas who fled from military crackdown six months ago.

Refugees taking shelter in emergency camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh that allowed their return to the state of Rakhine.

"Typically, this condition for the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees is still not conducive," said Grandi, speaking through videoconferences at the council meeting.

"The thing that caused them to evacuate has not been addressed, and we still have not seen any substantive progress in addressing the issue of exceptions and denial of the rights of the deceased Muslims-Rohingyas, rooted in their citizenship , "He added.

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Myanmar considers Muslim-Rohingyas as immigrants from Bangladesh and refuses to grant citizenship, even though this group has been in Myanmar for generations.

An advisory panel led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has called on Myanmar to grant citizenship to Muslim-Rohingyas and allow them back.

The United Nations has accused Myanmar forces of expelling the Rohingyas in an ethnic cleansing campaign.

China, former supporters "The Muslim-Spirit Crisis can not be completed in one night," said Chinese Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu.

He added that, steps should be adopted by Myanmar "to address the root causes of poverty through pemba ngunan "in Rakhine state. [em/jm]

UK Foreign Secretary Asks UN to Watch for Return of Rohingya Refugees

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says the UN should oversee the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar because many are afraid to go home on their own.

Johnson spoke to reporters on Sunday after meeting Aung San Suu Kyi, facto Myanmar.

"I see there are real concerns both in the camps in Bangladesh and among the remaining villagers," Johnson said.

"The Myanmar authorities must work hard with international agencies to address real concerns which is felt by the people who will return to Myanmar, "he said.

The military oppression of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh Those who persisted in their villages destroyed, living with fear. [vm/ii]

UNRWA condemns trimming US aid to Palestinian refugees

The head of UNRWA – the UN agency that administers Palestinian refugees – strongly condemns the massive budget cuts by the Americans. "UNRWA commissioner Pierre Krahenbuhl says the agency is facing the worst financial crisis in its history because of America's decision to drastically reduce its financial contribution.

" Last year America provided 360 million dollars for UNRWA. This year they announced it would give 60 million dollars. So there is a difference of 300 million dollars. We need 1.2 to 1.3 billion dollars per year. This is a big enough part of what we need, "said Krahenbuhl.

American President Donald Trump announced the cuts in the UNRWA budget after the UN General Assembly voted in a majority to condemn its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Krahenbuhl told VOA, the humanitarian fund should be linked to the performance of an organization, not because of political considerations. He said the situation was so bad in Gaza that it would get worse if there was a shortage of funds, and the needs of Palestinians were not met.

"Clearly if it is not bridged, there will be an increase in instability … because of the many other problems facing the Middle East – insecurity, radicalization and other problems. On the contrary, I think the investment to stabilize UNRWA and our ability to provide services should be the main thing everyone thinks, "added Krahenbuhl.

UNRWA has just submitted an appeal for an 800 million-dollar emergency aid to help Palestinian refugees in Gaza, and Syria. The assistance will provide urgently needed food, cash and emergency medical supplies, and support for various mental health programs and assistance for victims of gender based violence. [em/ii]