UN Won’t Be Helping Myanmar with Long Term Camps for Rohingya

The United Nations’ refugee agency won’t be providing humanitarian aid to Rohingya Muslims who would be returning to Myanmar and are detained in camps. This announcement was made by an international paper, just days before the initial deportation is scheduled to start. The classified briefing dated this month and which has been reviewed drafts the position of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stance on the deportation process, and mirrors the
eagerness not to be dragged into advocating long-term camps for the Muslim minority.
A UNHCR spokeswoman stated that it won’t be commenting on the leaked documents.
Myanmar and Bangladesh acknowledged in late October that by mid-November they would start the deportation process of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who ran away to Myanmar last year in order to escape army suppression, regardless of the caution made by the U.N. and aid agencies that the conditions were not suitable for the return of the Rohingya.
Myanmar has been creating temporary transit centers for the refugees; however, many Rohingya stated that they fear that the sites might become permanent as there are of rigid restrictions on their movement enforced on the massive stateless minority.
The document clearly stated that the UNHCR won’t be providing any individual help in any circumstances of the encampment, which included transit camps until it is clear if the camps are temporary ones. The document even urged other agencies not to assist such camps.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been suffering in U.N-supported camps and villages across western Myanmar since 2012. The U.S. State Department stated that any returnees to Myanmar should have the freedom of movement and not confined to camps.
Last year over 700,000 Rohingya ran away to Bangladesh to flee army suppression in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
In the document, the UNHCR also drafted its involvement in the deportation process organized by Myanmar and Bangladesh, stating that its officials will look for ascertaining whether several thousand Rohingya on a list of refugees identified for repatriation to Myanmar want to go back or not.

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