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US State Department: Will continue pushing for Rohingya repatriation

  • Published at 10:59 pm August 24th, 2019
File photo of Rohingya refugees gather as hundreds of them protest against the repatriation at the Unchiprang camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh on Thursday; November 15, 2018 Reuters

The US State Department is set to engage in political dialogue for Rohingya repatriation and to pursue peace

The US State Department has said they are calling on others to join them for pushing forward the process of Rohingya repatriation.

The department made this remarks through a press release on Saturday, said US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

Calling upon all the involved parties to fasten the repatriation, the release said: "The United States appreciate the Government of Bangladesh’s ongoing generosity in hosting these refugees. However, we continue to call on others to join us in contributing to this humanitarian response."

Our thoughts are with the victims of these abuses, and the more than one million refugees who have been forced to find refuge in Bangladesh. Justice and accountability are essential for Myanmar’s efforts to build a strong, peaceful, secure, and prosperous democracy, the statement said.

"We call upon all those involved to respect human rights, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and engage in political dialogue to pursue peace," it further added.

The US State Department also continues to encourage the government of Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission’s report and recommendations, which offer the best path forward for the country and all the people of Rakhine State, as well as all those who fled.  

"We are set to work with international organizations to encourage Myanmar to create the conditions that would allow for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees to their places of origin, or other places of their choice," the release said.

The United States is the leading contributor of humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya crisis, providing nearly $542 million since the outbreak of violence in August 2017.  

Two years ago, Myanmar’s security forces engaged in a brutal attack against hundreds of thousands of unarmed men, women, and children in a grossly disproportionate response to attacks by militants on security posts in the northern Rakhine State.  

The Burmese military’s horrific atrocities against Rohingya villagers, and actions that constituted ethnic cleansing, caused an exodus of more than 740,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh.