ALERT – Joint Humanitarian INGO Statement: Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response | October 22, 2020

Logos of signatories NGOs: 1. Act for Peace 2. Asylum Access 3. CARE 4. Center for Social Integrity 5. Danish Refugee Council (DRC) 6. Finn Church Aid (FCA) 7. Food for the Hungry (FH) 8. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) 9. Humanity & Inclusion (HI) 10. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA 11. Jesuit Refugee Service South Asia 12. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) 13. Médecins du Monde France (MdM) 14. Médecins du Monde Japan (MdM) 15. Médecins du Monde Switzerland (MdM) 16. MedGlobal 17. Medical Teams International (MTI) 18. Mixed Migration Center (MMC) 19. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) 20. Seva Foundation 21. Translators without Borders 22. U.S. Council for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) 23. World Vision

Today, the United States, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are co-hosting a virtual donor conference on “Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response” to underscore their continued commitment in the humanitarian response to the crisis. In this framework, ICVA and Interaction have put […]

Today, the United States, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are co-hosting a virtual donor conference on “Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response” to underscore their continued commitment in the humanitarian response to the crisis.

In this framework, ICVA and Interaction have put together a collective statement including recommendations to the government of Bangladesh, Myanmar, the international community and the donor community.

Through this joint statement, the NGO community highlights priority areas for collective action and recommendations for the international community and national actors in refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) hosting contexts in the region. We collectively have an obligation to support the Rohingya now so they can start to safely—and dignifiedly—rebuild their lives in a manner that ensures full enjoyment of fundamental human rights.

Over three years since violence in Myanmar forced more than 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, refugees continue to wait for safe, dignified, and voluntary return to their homeland. In Myanmar, approximately 600,000 Rohingya remain, including 130,000 confined to camps in central Rakhine state, where they are denied freedom of movement, their right to citizenship, and access to essential humanitarian services. Across the region, humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) face myriad challenges in meeting the Rohingya’s life-saving needs. At times and in some locations, such challenges are unnecessarily imposed.

Read the full statement.


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