UN envoy: Rakhine is “Not favourable for repatriation “

On Tuesday, After a 10-day visit to Myanmar a top UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener made an observation and expressed Myanmar is not ready to take back Rohingya people from Bangladesh.

Burgener described the ground reality in Rakhine as “not favourable for repatriation” at the meeting with the foreign secretary of Bangladesh.

During her 10-day visit, she had meetings with top Myanmar officials including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, representatives of civil society, think-tanks, eminent personalities and INGOs, the UN country team and the diplomatic corps. Christine Burgener, a diplomat of Switzerland appointed by UN secretary-general as a special envoy also visited camps of IDPs (internally displaced persons) in Myebon and Sittwe in Rakhine. On the contrary, the Myanmar authorities did not take her to villages destroyed during atrocities committed by the Myanmar military.

“In Myebon over 80 per cent of the IDPs have citizenship whereas their freedom of movement remained very limited,” she regretted. She also urged the Myanmar government to stand strong against discrimination, hate speech and the misuse of religion for political reasons.

Since August 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).