International community pledges to put more pressure on Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The embassies of 13 countries and the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh said in a joint statement on Thursday that their countries would continue to press Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis and end human rights abuses under the military junta in the Buddhist-majority state.

“We will also continue to push for a solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar caused by the February 2021 military coup, a solution that must be inclusive,” the statement said.

The joint statement from the diplomatic offices of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, from Spain, Sweden and Switzerland was released on the day the persecuted Rohingya celebrate the 5th anniversary. of exodus.

They mark August 25 as a day of genocide as Myanmar’s military launched a brutal killing operation on the day in 2017, forcing an estimated 750,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh within days.

The ruthless military crackdown has been called a “classic example of ethnic cleansing and genocide” by the world.

Bangladesh currently hosts more than 1.2 million Rohingya, most of whom fled a brutal military crackdown in their home country of Rakhine State in Myanmar in August 2017.

Referring to the sanctions imposed on some military officials in Myanmar and other individuals in the East Asian country, the statement added that they would continue to raise the plight of the Rohingya on the international stage.

These countries will also continue their efforts to find a solution to the crisis that allows for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingyas to their communities in Rakhine State, Myanmar, as soon as conditions permit, the statement added.

“We note with concern reports of an escalation of violence and serious human rights violations across Myanmar by the Burmese military,” the statement said, adding that an end to the culture of impunity for military atrocities in Myanmar.

The statement recalls the commitment of world leaders to protect human rights and “accountability initiatives” for the terrible acts committed against the Rohingya.

“Our countries have imposed sanctions on certain individuals responsible for serious human rights violations against the Rohingya. We will continue to work with the Government of Bangladesh, the UN and international and national partners to ensure that Rohingya refugees receive humanitarian assistance, protection and education,” the statement said.

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