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Myanmar dismisses UN call to relocate Rohingyas

Muslim Rohingya walk
around the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons camp on the outskirts of
Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. (Credit: AFP)

19, 2013

has dismissed a United Nations report calling for urgent action to protect tens
of thousands of Rohingya refugees this monsoon season.

spokesman U Ye Htut has told Australia Network’sNewsline program the shelter at
camps holding an estimated 120,000 people is adequate.

think most of the people are still living in the camp but they have enough
shelter and food supply for the rainy season,” he said.

Nations Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana says in his report he is
concerned the camps will flood in a few months time and recommends Rohingya
refugees be integrated into communities.

coming rainy season in May, which will flood many of these camps, further
increases the urgency of relocation in order to avoid a humanitarian
disaster,” he said.
Rakhine state suffered two bouts of deadly sectarian violence last year between
ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.

fighting has divided the community and led to Rohingya Muslims being separated
into temporary camps.


has reaffirmed Rohingya refugees won’t be given special treatment or granted
citizenship, despite increased pressure from the United Nations.

Ye Htut says thousands of stateless refugees must meet government criteria to
get citizenship.

people who have met the criteria of citizenship will have the
citizenship,” he said.

there’s still many illegal immigrants in that area, and we have to solve that

Nations Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana is urging Myanmar to address
“shortcomings” with the country’s human rights situation,
particularly regarding the Rohingya population.

government must establish the truth about what happened in Rakhine state during
the two waves of communal violence last June and October, and hold those
responsible for human rights violations to account,” Mr Ye Htut said.