BSS-60 Bangladesh continues vital role in hosting Rohingyas: UK





Bangladesh continues vital role in hosting Rohingyas: UK

Dhaka, July 16, 2020 (BSS) – The United Kingdom (UK) has said
Bangladesh continued to play a vital role in hosting a significant
number of the Rohingya people, the world’s largest population of
stateless people displaced by the actions of the Myanmar army.

“Bangladesh maintained its commitment to the voluntary, safe, and
dignified return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar,” according to the UK’s
‘Human Rights and Democracy: The 2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office’
report released globally on Thursday.

About the Rohingya situation in Bangladesh, it said, there were
reports of significant criminality including murders, gender-based
violence, abduction, illegal drug trading, and human trafficking in
Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, where approximately 855,000 Rohingya refugees
are living.

The Bangladesh government introduced additional police stations,
fences around the camps, and limited night-time patrols by mixed
security forces, said the report.

To help manage the protracted Rohingya crisis, the UK committed an
additional £117 million, delivered through UN agencies and NGOs,
prioritising the protection of rights, including essential
documentation, child protection, anti-trafficking measures, case
management for survivors of abuse and exploitation, and legal
assistance services.

The total UK commitment since the influx of Rohingyas in August 2017
stood at £256 million while the British government supported
Bangladesh and other partners to enable the presence of Rohingya
refugees at the International Court of Justice hearings on Myanmar in