There has been no change in the UN’s previous position on Bangladesh. What they have said in the past remains unchanged. Stephen Dujarric, spokesperson of the UN Secretary General, said this in response to a question yesterday.
In the regular press briefing of the UN Secretary General’s office yesterday, a journalist said to his question, by congratulating Sheikh Hasina for coming back to power, did the UN Secretary General not ignore the issue of human rights violations and fake elections? Does this not contradict the UN’s earlier position, the statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the undemocratic nature of elections?
In response, Stephen Dujarric said, “No.” He (UN Secretary General) sent a letter to the Prime Minister, as he sends to various governments or heads of state when they are re-elected. What they have said in the past from here (the podium), what the High Commissioner for Human Rights has said, remains unchanged.
In the briefing, another journalist said to his question, the spokesperson knows that Bangladesh has been sheltering more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees for about 7 years since 2017. Lack of progress on repatriation is causing problems. They are gradually getting involved in criminal activities. On the other hand humanitarian funding, international…humanitarian attention—everything is shrinking. What is the UN Secretary General’s plan to face the challenge of repatriation of these Rohingyas?
First, no one should ever be repatriated, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General. No refugee should be repatriated against their will. It needs to be done voluntarily in a manner that protects their dignity and safety. It is clear to them (UN) that the current situation in Myanmar does not meet the necessary conditions for repatriation.
Stephen Dujarric also said, “United Nations Secretary General visited Cox’s Bazar.” What we need is greater global solidarity for people like the residents of Cox’s Bazar who are generously sheltering Rohingya refugees. Because refugees need our solidarity. Shelters need our solidarity. For these we need increased funds.
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