UN refugee head calls for citizenship for Myanmar’s Rohingya

 

Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:45 AMUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Filippo Grandi answer question from reporters during a press conference Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 7, 2017. Before arriving in Bangkok the UN high commissioner had visited neighboring refugees and leaders in neighboring Myanmar. Grandi said he spent two days in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where Muslim Rohingya are placed and being persecuted by the country’s predominantly Buddhist population. The Rohingya have long been denied citizenship, freedom of movement and basic rights in Myanmar, a country that largely sees them as foreigners from neighboring Bangladesh even though most were born there.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:45 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N.’s top official for refugee affairs said Friday that granting citizenship to members of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority is crucial for achieving peace in the country’s western state of Rakhine, but economic development is also necessary.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo  Grandi spoke in Bangkok after an official visit to Myanmar. The Rohingya face severe discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and were the targets of violence in Rakhine in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people — predominantly Rohingya — from their homes to displacement camps, where most remain.

The Rohingya have long been denied citizenship, freedom of movement and basic rights in Myanmar, where they are often seen as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh, although many have lived in the area for generations.

“The Muslim community, the Rohingya community suffers from a set of rules and regulations that contributes to their marginalization,” Grandi said at a news conference. “To this you must add the general situation of poverty and underdevelopment that affects everybody in the state of Rakhine.”

He said that in addition to providing the Rohingya with more freedom of movement and social services, “The Rakhine state where both communities coexist must see more development. There is an urgent need for development investments that must be, however, inclusive of the two communities.”

Grandi said he received assurances from Myanmar’s top leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, that refugees from her country who have been sheltering in Thailand — many for decades — will be welcome back home.

More than 100,000 refugees from Myanmar, virtually all from ethnic minorities, live in camps in Thailand near the border. Decades of fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic guerrillas drove them to seek shelter in Thailand.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, Filippo Grandi answer question from reporters during a press conference Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 7, 2017. Before arriving in Bangkok the UN high commissioner had visited neighboring refugees and leaders in neighboring Myanmar. Grandi said he spent two days in Myanmar’s Rakhine State where Muslim Rohingya are placed and being persecuted by the country’s predominantly Buddhist population. The Rohingya have long been denied citizenship, freedom of movement and basic rights in Myanmar, a country that largely sees them as foreigners from neighboring Bangladesh even though most were born there.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The installation of Suu Kyi’s civilian government last year after five decades of military-led rule has raised hopes they can go home, but intermittent fighting in many areas and the absence of a peace agreement have stalled large-scale repatriation.

“Aung San Suu Kyi and the other ministers that I talked to agreed that the refugees were welcome back to Myanmar, but that it was important that such return must be voluntary and must be sustainable,” said Grandi. “We cannot go back to a situation of insecurity or lack of resources.”

He said he also discussed the issue when he met with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and other Thai government officials.

“We agreed that it was important to pursue, to continue, the return of refugees from Thailand to Myanmar,” Grandi said. Grandi next visits Bangladesh, which hosts hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar who have entered since the 1970s.

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 Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/refugee-head-calls-citizenship-myanmar-rohingya-article-1.330885 

 

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