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Published: 16:59, 23 October 2020   Update: 17:00, 23 October 2020
US$ 600 m funding announced to address Roingya crisis

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Some US $ 600 million fund has been declared to address the crisis of Rohingya, the huge population of more than 1.1 million Myanmar citizens sheltered in Bangladesh; according to the UN Refugee agency. The international community has demonstrated its strong commitment to the humanitarian response with the announcement of funding on Thursday.

It significantly expands the nearly US$ 636 million in humanitarian assistance already committed so far in 2020 under the Bangladesh Joint Response Plan and the Myanmar Humanitarian Response Plan.

The co-hosts of the conference on sustaining support for the Rohingya Refugee Response came up with the figures in a joint closing announcement on Thursday night.

Since the outbreak of violence in August 2017, a total of nearly US$ 2.8 billion has been provided to the Rohingya crisis response in Myanmar, Bangladesh and the region.

This is in addition to US$ 700 million in development commitments to Bangladesh from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

The voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and others internally displaced to their places of origin or of their own choosing in Myanmar is the comprehensive solution that the international community seeks along with Rohingya people themselves.

"To resolve the crisis in Myanmar, the government of Myanmar must take steps to address the root causes of the violence and displacement in Rakhine State and  create the conditions for voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable returns," said the co-hosts of the conference on sustaining support for the Rohingya Refugee Response in a joint closing announcement on Thursday night.

To that end, they underscored the UN Secretary General’s call for a global ceasefire and the cessation of fighting to enable safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all communities in need of assistance.

This includes providing a pathway to citizenship and freedom of movement for Rohingya, guided by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State’s recommendations and encouraged and supported by countries in the region.

"Myanmar must provide justice for the victims of human rights abuses and ensure that those responsible are held accountable," reads the joint announcement from Geneva.The conference was organised by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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