By Rohingya Vision TV Correspondents | 29th June 2018
Cox’s Bazaar: Rohingya lingering in camps of Bangladesh have forwarded their demands ahead of UN secretary’s visit in makeshift camps of Bangladesh, today on 29th June 2018, report sources.
On behalf of Rohingya in camps, an organization named “Voice of Rohingya” have forwarded their five demand ahead of Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim visit to refugee camps in Bangladesh.
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Voice of Rohingya laid down 5 demands before any further talks can take place:
- NATIVE STATUS: Rohingyas are native indigenous people of Arakan and thus their “Native Status” shall be reinstated by an Act of Parliament with an international guarantee.
- Firstly, “Citizenship Cards” shall be issued to the “Rohingyas living in Arakan State”.
- Secondly, “Citizenship Cards” shall be issued to the “Rohingyas living in Bangladeshi Refugee Camps” there and repatriate to Arakan State with the “Native Citizenship Status”.
- Thirdly, “Citizenship Cards” shall be issued to the “Rohingya diasporas living across the World” and repatriate to Arakan State with the “Native Citizenship Status”.
- REPATRIATION: Rohingyas shall be repatriated back to their “original ancestral villages” and returned “all confiscated farm lands” with sufficient compensation for their loss of properties.
- SECURITY: “UN Peacekeeping Forces” shall be deployed in Arakan State along with “Rohingya Police Forces” in order to protect Rohingyas’ lives and properties.
- ACCOUNTABILITy: Perpetrators shall be held accountable for the crimes that they have committed before an “International Tribunal” such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) rather than before “Burmese domestic courts” as the “local remedies have already been exhausted”.
In alignment with the Rohingya in Bangladesh, Rohingya representative from no man land also demanded similar demands, ahead of the upcoming visit from the UN diplomats.
Today, Rohingya there had conversations with international media through the fenced wires, where they expressed their doubts and concern for the repatriation deal.
The visit starting from 1st July is aiming to lay the ground for further dialogue with the Bangladeshi government on medium-term planning for the refugee situation and to reiterate the UN and World Bank’s support for finding “comprehensive solutions” to the situation of the Rohingya people.
In Dhaka, the secretary-general and the president of the World Bank Group will have bilateral meetings with Bangladeshi authorities, including with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On 2nd July they both are expected to visit the Rohingya refugee camps and humanitarian workers, and will advocate for more donor support.
During this 3 day visit, the UN chief and World Bank president will be accompanied by High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Executive Director of the UN Population Fund Natalia Kanem.
They will analyze the situation of the newly arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh, and assess progress towards a safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees in line with international standards, the UN said.
Today UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee arrived in Dhaka on a 10-day visit to meet Rohingyas in various locations of Cox’s Bazar.
Following her visit to Bangladesh, the human rights expert will issue an end-of-mission statement and share her findings when she presents a report to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in October 2018.
Yanghee Lee was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2014 as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.
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