It is not safe for Rohingyas to return to Myanmar in current situation: US
Dhaka, August 26: The United States has said that it is not safe for the Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh to return to their country in the current situation. At the same time, the country called on the international community to continue providing humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas.
This call was made in a statement from the US Embassy in Dhaka on Friday, August 25. It said that today marks 6 years of Myanmar army's violence, rape and brutal killings against Rohingya women, men and children. The regime's massacres forced 7,50,000 Rohingya to flee with little to carry. The people of Bangladesh welcomed them with compassion and humanity. The people of Bangladesh continue to host nearly a million refugees. The United States appreciates this generosity.
The international community came together to support Bangladesh in its endeavours. Since 2017, the American people have contributed more than USD 2.1 billion in response to humanitarian crises across the region. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has received more than 1.7 billion dollars in aid for Rohingya refugees and their host local communities. This support of the United States continues.
Rohingyas have long suffered from finding refuge in Bangladesh and other countries in the region. It is their right to return home safely with dignity, live in peace with their families and have access to money and a purposeful life. To that end, the United States is committed to finding justice for victims, accountability for brutal criminals, and solutions to the crisis through sanctions, international pressure, and support for national and international courts to prosecute perpetrators.
Until the situation in Myanmar improves, the United States is calling on the international community to continue providing humanitarian assistance to one of the world's most vulnerable and marginalized populations. The United States must continue to support the government of Bangladesh and the Bangladeshi community that harbors the Rohingyas.
As other crises around the world compete for limited resources, the importance of identifying how the Rohingyas can contribute to the economic well-being of their host communities and their families is increasing. These include providing opportunities for income-generating activities and formal education, ensuring the security of the Rohingya community, and facilitating their inclusion in Rohingya social institutions to make a greater contribution to their own future. The United States looks forward to sharing best practices, ideas, and resources to ensure durable solutions for Rohingya refugees.