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20 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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US stands with Bangladesh to support policy of protection

Says Barnicat
BSS
US stands with Bangladesh to 
support policy of protection

US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat yesterday said the United States stands proudly with Bangladesh to support a policy of protection and accountability, reports BSS.

“Bangladesh stands out as a beacon of hope and inspiration and the country has saved the lives of more than 700,000 Rohingyas that fled ethnic cleansing in Burma since August 2017, and is working with Burma to lay the groundwork for a sustainable future for those displaced,” she said in a message marking the World Refugee Day.

“We were one of the first nations to respond to the Rakhine State crisis, both to call for an end to the violence in Burma as well as to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance. We are working with our allies and partners to explore all options to help ensure that there will be justice for victims and that those responsible for atrocities and other human rights violations will face appropriate consequences,” she added.

Bernicat said, “Through high-level engagement, we continue to urge all actors in Burma to play a constructive role in resolving this crisis – restoring rule of law, immediately granting unhindered humanitarian and media access, and guaranteeing those who voluntarily choose to return to their places of origin are able to do so in safety and dignity, and addressing the root causes of conflict in the Rakhine State.”

She urged the government of the country to do all it can to prevent loss of life in Cox’s Bazar, particularly as the monsoons begin, including by providing additional safe space to shelter those vulnerable to or displaced by the monsoons.

She said the US has provided nearly $204 million in assistance to those displaced in Burma and Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh in direct response to the crisis that started in August 2017.

The assistance provides urgent, life-saving services, including child and women protection programs, food, shelter, healthcare services, and access to clean water in Cox’s Bazar, she said.

“We appreciate and applaud other countries, like Bangladesh, that are making critical contributions to support the world’s refugees. We will continue to work with refugee-hosting countries to find solutions that help alleviate the impact of accepting and assisting those in need,” Barnicat added.

She said, “It’s through this collective generosity and action that we may one day join together on World Refugee Day to celebrate a decreasing number of forcibly displaced people suffering throughout the world.”

Tragically, more than 68 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes and are in need of generous hearts to help them through challenging times, the release added.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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