Japan supports early, safe repatriation of Rohingyas

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Staff Reporter:

Japan has reaffirmed its support for the early repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar in a “safe, voluntary and dignified” manner describing the situation in camps as extremely severe.

“I would like to emphasise that Japan and its people would not hesitate to extend our hands to all those who are suffering from the situation,” said newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito who visited Rohingya camps on Tuesday.

The Ambassador said they stand with them (Rohingyas) with a view to realising “early repatriation” to Myanmar in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner.

“The situation surrounding the people in the camps I have just visited is extremely severe,” said the Japanese envoy on Wednesday on his first visit to Rohingya camps since his arrival in Dhaka last month.

He expressed his sincere respect to the staff of international organisations and NGOs who devote themselves to helping the displaced people under such a severe condition.

Ambassador Ito visited facilities inside the camps – water supply facilities, Health Clinic, Environment and Sanitation facility, E-Voucher outlet, Women Led Community Center run by (WLCC), Learning Centre and Registration Centre.

Since the massive influx of displaced people into Bangladesh in August 2017, the government of Japan has granted approximately USD 99.2 million to international organisations and NGOs supporting the camps in Cox’s Bazar for the displaced people and the host communities by providing food, shelter, medical services and human-resource trainings, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas who have fled their homeland in Rakhine State after being persecuted by their own country.

Myanmar did not take back a single Rohingya from Bangladesh over the last two years but Myanmar, in its attempts to “mislead” the international community, claimed that a total of 397 displaced people have voluntarily returned from Bangladesh to Myanmar.

Two repatriation attempts turned futile as Myanmar “failed to remove trust deficit” among the Rohingyas and there was “lack of conducive environment” in Rakhine for their return.unb

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