EU steps up support to address the Rohingya crisis in BD

EU steps up support to address the Rohingya crisis in BD

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Dhaka, 17 Jan – The European Union has adopted a new €5 million programme to support the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, aimed at supporting their identification and registration, facilitating the provision of humanitarian support, and ensuring the better protection of particularly vulnerable individuals. This is the latest in a significant number of EU-led actions in response to the crisis, notably the EU co-hosted donors’ conference in Geneva in October; its initiative to establish the independent, international Fact-Finding Mission at the UN Human Rights Council; and several high-level visits to both Myanmar and Bangladesh of the High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Christos Stylianides.
The EU’s initiative is a demonstration of its commitment to support the creation of all necessary conditions for the eventual voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh, back to their place of origin.
In this respect, the EU’s initiative aims to support the implementation of the bilateral repatriation agreement between the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, which was signed on 23 November 2017, and will build on ongoing identification and registration efforts.
As High Representative, Vice-President, Mogherini said during her visit to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar on 19 November 2017, “the European Union will continue to lead the work of the donor community because we believe that human dignity and peoples’ lives must always be protected.” A full press release is available online, as is a factsheet on the EU-Myanmar relations. For more information, visit the websites of the EU Delegations in Bangladesh and Myanmar. – EU press release

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