Bashir: Rohingya refugees need international guarantees

16-Feb-2018 @ 15:00

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Amjad Bashir Amjad Bashir

Bashir: Rohingya refugees need international guarantees

Rohingya refugees cannot safely return to their homes without international guarantees and monitoring, Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir said today after visiting Myanmar.

What he saw left him greatly concerned about the situation of the Rohingya people, both those who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh and those remaining in Rakhine state.

Mr Bashir said: "My questions and concerns have not been fully answered and I stay convinced that without international presence and monitoring system, the safe return of Rohingya people to their homes will not be possible.

"The objective fact is that hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes, left everything behind, and fear to come back. The responsibility for that state has never been established.

"I am calling on Myanmar's authorities to ensure that this situation is solved, in conformity with international law, with respect for human rights and dignity.

"We would like to see those people return to their homes, to peace and security, where they can enjoy equal citizenship rights, access to education and health care. For that we are certain that there is a need for the implementation of the agreement with Bangladesh on November 2017, but with guarantees of the presence of UNHCR, amendment of 1982 Citizenship Law as well as a change in perception of the Muslim community in Myanmar.

"Without the inclusion and participation of entire society there can be no true democracy. "

Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Mr Bashir visited Myanmar this week as a member of a delegation from the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights. MEPs met government officials, politicians, civil organisations and religious leaders.

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