UNHCR, KSRelief sign $3 million aid deal for Rohingya refugees

UNHCR, KSRelief sign $3 million aid deal for Rohingya refugees

UNHCR, KSRelief sign $3 million aid deal for Rohingya refugees

The agreement focused on the "safe, voluntary, and dignified returns" of Rohingyas, which will only take place "once conditions in Myanmar were conducive", according to a UNHCR statement cited by Efe news.

For the hospitality, protection and assistance provided to those refugees, UNHCR would like to extend its honest thanks to the government and people of Bangladesh, according to a message received from Geneva.

The Security Council will send a mission to Iraq, Bangladesh, and Myanmar from April 26 to May 2, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hoping the trip will refocus the attention of the global community on the plight of the Rohingya refugees, his spokesperson has said.

UNHCR appreciates KSRelief's kind and timely contribution particularly in light of the pressing need for emergency assistance for thousands of Rohingya refugees who have arrived to Bangladesh in search of refuge and safety. Noting that such conditions are not present at the moment, the United Nations refugee agency urged Myanmar authorities to create them as well as to take concrete measures to address the root causes of displacement.

The bilateral MoU would be an early step in the process; work on a deal involving Bangladesh, Myanmar and the UNHCR is ongoing.

Over 670,000 Rohingyas, a mainly Muslim minority living in Myanmar, fled the northwestern Rakhine state since the end of August after a wave of persecution and violence that the United Nations described as an attempt at "ethnic cleansing".

The agency also noted that in the absence of a UNHCR-Myanmar-Bangladesh agreement, it has continued to engage with both Governments in negotiations on two separate memoranda of understanding (MOUs), meant to ensure that any future returns are conducted in line with the global standards.

Last week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said about 150,000 Rohingya refugees, who fled from Myanmar into crowded camps in Bangladeshs Coxs Bazar are living in flood-prone areas and must be relocated ahead of the coming rainy season.

Another practical measure would be to ease restrictions on movement for the internally displaced persons encamped in the central townships of Rakhine, which would also help to build confidence among refugees in Bangladesh.

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