IDC expresses 'Grave Concern' Over Plans to Repatriate 100,000 Rohingya to Burma
Jan 16 2018
The potential return of 100,000 Rohingya to Myanmar without a clear understanding of their legal status, interim and/or final destination, or even whether their return is voluntary, is a matter of ‘grave concern’, according to a new International Development Committee (IDC) report.
The IDC’s report ‘Bangladesh and Burma: The Rohingya Crisis’, which includes evidence from Action Against Hunger, reveals that plans to begin the repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people from Bangladesh to Burma are going ahead without any evidence of consultation or involvement with the local communities.
The IDC has proposed that the required conditions for the safe return of the Rohingya to Myanmar must include their safety, long-term security, and respect for their fundamental human rights. Action Against Hunger objects to the prospect of the Rohingya being returned to live in state-run internment camps in Myanmar, where they could face an increased threat of deprivation and violence.
“Action Against Hunger is very clear that there should be absolutely no creation of camps or camp-like settlements in the northern townships of Rakhine State,” says Juan Gabriel Wells, Action Against Hunger’s Country Director in Myanmar.
“A camp by definition means that the conditions of full freedom of movement, access to essential, often life-saving, services and livelihood opportunities are not met, and therefore we oppose such measures. Returnees should be allowed to return to their original homes and/or land, or to a place of their choice. INGOs will not operate in such camps if they are created.”
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