Ensure security in Rakhine to repatriate Rohingyas: UNHCR

Ensure security in Rakhine to repatriate Rohingyas: UNHCR

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The Commissioner of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi laid emphasis on ensuring security, establishing human rights and rule of law for repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

“Security and the establishment of human rights and the rule of law will be essential for the return of Rohingyas to Rakhine State in Myanmar,” he said.

Grandi, however, laid emphasis on political solution to the problems that created humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, according to a message received here today.

Addressing the UN Security Council in New York on Friday, Grandi urged international leaders to find political solutions to the world’s conflicts if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home.

“Progress on citizenship for the stateless Rohingyas is absolutely crucial, as will be community reconciliation, and investment in inclusive development benefiting all communities”, Grandi added.

Besides, Grandi said it was vital to sustain the protection of displaced people while solutions to conflict were pursued both within affected countries as they work towards greater stability and in host communities trying to support large numbers of refugees.

Grandi told the Security Council that a succession of major new crises had caused massive displacement across virtually all regions of the globe.

“The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is now approaching 66 million – up from 42 million in 2009,” he said.

The UNHCR chief said, “Securing solutions for the millions of people uprooted around the world and avoiding a repeat of the massive outflows that have taken place over recent years, ultimately rests on political solutions.”

Grandi cited several ongoing crises, including the “cataclysmic conflict” in Syria and the violence in Iraq, which together accounted for a quarter of all those forcibly displaced.

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