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Japan to stand by Bangladesh for early Rohingya repatriation

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  • 29 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Japan to stand by Bangladesh for early Rohingya repatriation

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Reiterating the commitment to stand by Bangladesh and work for early repatriation of forcible displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar, Japan on Friday announced to contribute US $2 million in emergency grant aid for supporting the Rohingyas living at Bhasan Char.

This contribution includes US $1 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and remaining US $1 million to World Food Programme (WFP).

The grant aid will allow implementing humanitarian assistance activities for the forcibly displaced Myanmar’s minority Rohingyas, who are in need of urgent assistance in Bhasan Char in areas such as food and health, reads a statement of the Embassy of Japan.

“Resolving Rohingya issues is of utmost importance for the peace and stability of the region.

I appreciate Bangladesh Government’s efforts to protect Rohingya people and the dedicated work of the international organizations,” said Ito Naoki, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh.

He said Japan supports the steady and smooth operations of the international organizations under the MoU signed between the Bangladesh Government and the United Nations in October 2021, which is a basic framework of assistance for Bhasan Char.

Japan expects the UN will respond to prevailing and increasing humanitarian and protection needs on the island, and strongly hopes that this assistance will contribute to better service delivery and improve living conditions of people living on Bhasan Char,” said Ambassador Ito.

While providing support to Bhasan Char, given the fact that the vast majority of the Rohingya population still live in Cox’s Bazar, the Japan Embassy said, “It is important to continue to support the people in Cox’s Bazar including the host communities.”

“Japan will continue to cooperate with the international organizations and NGOs in both locations along with the Government of Bangladesh,” it said adding “Japan will continue to stand by Bangladesh and work towards the early repatriation of displaced Rohingya to Myanmar.”

Finding durable solutions to this crisis is significant not only to Bangladesh but also to the stability of the entire region, and thereby conducive to the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, which is a vision to secure peace, stability and prosperity in the region, reads the Japan embassy statement.