UN Demands Nationality for the Rohingyas in Myanmar

The UN Secretary General at the Press Conference. Photo Source: UN Website
The UN Secretary General at the Press Conference. Photo Source: UN Website

The UN Secretary António Guterres has demanded nationality for the persecuted Rohingyas in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Secretary-General said he is “deeply concerned about the security, humanitarian and human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.”

The UN boss said, “We are all aware of a long-standing history of discrimination, hopelessness and extreme poverty in that State.”

Mr. António Guterres said that he has also condemned the recent attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

Mentioning the recent wave of attacks against the Rohingyas in Myanmar, Mr. Secretary-General said, “We are receiving constant reports of violence by Myanmar’s security forces, including indiscriminate attacks. This will only further increase radicalization.”

The UN Security Council has been Informed

The UN boss has written officially to the President of the Security Council to express his concern and to propose various steps to end the violence and address the underlying causes of the crisis.

“The international community must undertake concerted efforts to prevent any further escalation and to seek a holistic solution,” said Secretary Guterres.

The UN Secretary-General Demands Nationality and Rights for the Rohingyas

He said, “It will be crucial to give the Muslims of Rakhine State either nationality or, at least for now, a legal status that will allow them to have a normal life, including freedom of movement and access to labor markets, education and health services.”

“It is no longer possible to delay an effective action plan to address the root causes of the crisis,” he added.

“The authorities in Myanmar must take determined action to put an end to this vicious cycle of violence and to provide security and assistance to all those in need.”

Mr. Secretary said, “I urge them to ensure unhindered humanitarian access for life-saving relief operations.”

The UN Praises Bangladesh’s Help

The UN Secretary Guterres said Nearly 125,000 people—victims of unbearable suffering and desperation — have sought refuge in Bangladesh. Many people have lost their lives trying to flee the violence.

“The grievances and the unresolved plight of the Rohingya have festered for far too long and are becoming an undeniable factor in regional destabilization.”

“I am grateful to the authorities of Bangladesh for their decision to allow refugees to enter the country, and I encourage them to meet the needs of recent arrivals,” said the UN boss.

The UN is and will remain Committed to Help

Mr. António Guterres said, “The recommendations of the report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine led by my predecessor Kofi Annan, and which the Government has signaled it accepts, must be fully implemented.”

“The United Nations is and will remain totally committed to help.” “I will continue to engage with all relevant parties in the region and beyond,” he added.

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