US to continue to push for safe return of Rohingyas

Staff Correspondent

26 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The US government will continue to work with international organisations to encourage Myanmar to create the conditions that would allow for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees to their places of origin or other places of their choosing.

 “We will continue to encourage the Burmese government to implement the Advisory Commission’s recommendations, which offer the best path forward for Burma and all the people of Rakhine State, as well as all those who fled”, the US embassy said in a press release on Sunday.

 Justice and accountability are essential for Burma’s efforts to build a strong, peaceful, secure, and prosperous democracy. US will continue to call on others to support efforts to promote justice and facilitate conditions for voluntary return, it said.

 Marking the two years of Rohingya influx, the statement said two years ago, Burma’s security forces engaged in a brutal attack against hundreds of thousands of unarmed men, women, and children in a grossly disproportionate response to attacks by militants on security posts in northern Rakhine State.

 The Burmese military’s horrific atrocities against Rohingya villagers caused an exodus of more than 740,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh in actions that constituted ethnic cleansing, it added.

Rakhine State is not the only place in Burma where the military has committed violations of human rights against the Burmese people over the past seventy years. 

The lack of accountability and civilian oversight of the military means that military abuses continue today in Rakhine State, as well as Kachin and Shan States and elsewhere in Burma, the statement said.

“We call upon all those involved to respect human rights, allow unhindered humanitarian access, and engage in political dialogue to pursue peace”.