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un urges myanmar to speed rohingya returns, supply citizenship

The Daily Dawn

united nations useful resource groups referred to as on myanmar on wednesday to enhance situations in rakhine state for the secure go back of loads of thousands of rohingya refugees from bangladesh and provide a clean pathway to citizenship for those eligible.

the un excessive commissioner for refugees (unhcr) and un improvement programme (undp) stated in a joint statement that they wanted full get right of entry to to rakhine kingdom and have been nonetheless looking forward to permission for worldwide staff to be primarily based within the town of maungdaw following requests made on june 14.

there has been no on the spot reaction from the myanmar government to a reuters request for remark.

the united nations signed an outline address myanmar in early june aimed toward eventually permitting masses of hundreds of rohingya in bangladesh to go back competently and with the aid of desire. but the secret settlement, visible by way of reuters, offers no express guarantees of citizenship or freedom of motion at some stage in the country.

the un corporations said that tremendous development changed into urgently needed in three key areas: “granting powerful get entry to in rakhine kingdom; making sure freedom of movement for all communities; and addressing the basis causes of the disaster”.

greater than seven-hundred,000 rohingya fled myanmar’s western rakhine state after a army crackdown that started in august last 12 months in reaction to attacks by way of arsa, a rohingya armed institution, on protection posts.

myanmar has rejected accusations of ethnic cleaning and brushed off maximum accounts of atrocities, blaming rohingya “terrorists”. it says it is ready to accept back those who fled.

the rohingya, who regard themselves as native to rakhine country, are broadly taken into consideration as interlopers by using myanmar’s buddhist majority and are denied citizenship.

the un said that rohingya ultimate in rakhine are underneath neighborhood orders that critically restrict their freedom of movement, stopping them from reaching jobs, college and health care, and called for these to be lifted.

(reuters)

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