UN special envoy on Myanmar visits Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps


UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer on Tuesday (Aug 23, 2022) visited the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.

She arrived at the Ukhiya Kutupalong camp with a 4-member delegation and visited the refugee registration center.

Additional Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission office, Shamsud Douza Nayan, told reporters that during the visit to the Rohingya refugee camp, Noeleen Heyzer observed the ongoing activities of UNHCR, WFP, IOM and exchanged views with Rohingya women, youth representatives, and religious representatives.

On Wednesday morning (Aug 24, 2022), she will participate in a meeting with the high-level officials of the government engaged in refugee management, including Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Shah Rezwan Hayat.

Earlier, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet during her visit to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar said the UN will be prioritizing the human rights of the Rohingyas and repatriation will be voluntary.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also reiterated her call to Myanmar to take back home Bangladesh’s more than one million Rohingya nationals from their temporary shelter in Bangladesh during her meeting with the UN human rights chief.

Rohingya refugees sheltered in Cox’s Bazar implored the UN rights chief for protection after recent murders that have again left members of the stateless minority fearful for their safety.

On August 8, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China will support Bangladesh in repatriating thousands of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.


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