UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, on Wednesday cleared its position regarding protection and assistance towards Rohingyas both in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char, saying that they will continue to be present in various places around the country indicating the inclusion of Bhasan Char.
“The government has made a very important investment in Bhasan Char. Bhasan Char is a much better (place than Cox’s Bazar camps),” Raouf Mazou, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, told reporters after their meeting with Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen here.
He said they are with the government of Bangladesh and they always work with the government. “We’re present in Cox’s Bazar. We’ll continue to be present in various places around the country and will work with the government to ensure assistance to refugees.”
Raouf said anybody may feel isolated in Bhasan Char but they must have economic activities apart from education and healthcare facilities.
Gillian Triggs, the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, said they are here to work and support the government in ensuring the protection of these Rohingyas.
The UNHCR official said that is the mandate from the United Nations, and they do so under that mandate.
“It’s the biggest refugee camp in the world. We fully support the Prime Minister’s (Sheikh Hasina) policy,” Gillian said, adding that the aim is to see repatriation.
Appreciating the Prime Minister’s leadership, she said the UNHCR has been grateful for generous hospitality of Bangladesh for many decades, including a big burden in the last four years. “They should go home.”
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