UK calls for more Intl support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

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UK calls for more Intl support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Published : 01 Jul 2018, 15:46:50
UK calls for more Intl support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
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The United Kingdom on Sunday urged the international community for providing support for the Rohingya refugee community, who fled from Rakahine state in Myanmar since August last year, particularly to help support the provision of education for refugees and host communities.
UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field MP and UK Special Envoy for Gender Equality Joanna Roper made this appeal while they were talking to journalists at the residence of the British high commissioner here.
The British minister and special envoy arrived in Dhaka on Friday morning for a three-day visit to discuss the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.
“I call on the international community to work with Bangladesh to step up support for the refugees, both during this monsoon season and in the longer term through the provision of education and livelihoods,” said the British minister.
He added: “The UK remains a leading donor to the crisis, committing œ129m since September last year to support the refugees and vulnerable host
“We will continue to use international pressure and dialogue with the Burmese authorities to make progress, including through our support for the EU sanctions measures announced on 25 June,” he said.
During a visit to Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, where over a million refugees are living in crowded and unsafe refugee camps, Minister Field and Joanna Roper met refugee families and community leaders to learn about the persecution they suffered in Rakhine, and the challenges that life in the camps presents.
They saw first-hand the damage caused by recent monsoon rains, and the work of the Government of Bangladesh and humanitarian agencies to protect the refugees.
They visited a UNICEF child-friendly site where they saw the efforts being made to keep young people safe and heard about efforts to provide education for refugee children.
They also visited community and health centres, and met with a site management team to hear about the UK’s contribution to monsoon preparedness.
“What I witnessed today was truly heartbreaking, and only redoubles my determination to support the refugees and keep up the pressure on the Burmese authorities,” he told the newsmen after the visit.
Over 706,364 people have fled from their homes in Burma’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since August 2017, joining around 340,000 Rohingya who had
previously fled.
The visiting British minister and the UK envoy will hold talks with senior ministers here today.
Joanna Roper said:”The stories we heard in the camps of violence against the Rohingya in Burma are deeply disturbing, but I was moved by the efforts being made to provide support to women and girls in the camps, as well as the learning centres for Rohingya children, displaying a thirst for education despite all that they have endured at such a young age.”
“Girls’ education is the right thing to do: women and girls have the right to be educated, equal, empowered and safe. As the Foreign Secretary said at the UN Human Rights Council on 18 June, we must leave no girl behind and enable all girls to receive 12 years of quality education. That message is equally important for Rohingya girls to hear,” he added.-BSS

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