Extra Than 250,000 Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh Get First ID Playing cards: UN

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The UN refugee company stated the registration of greater than 250,000 Rohingya refugees may function a software for legislation enforcement to assist counter human trafficking.

The UN refugee company additionally stated the registration may function a software for legislation enforcement to assist counter human trafficking.

The UN stated Friday it has registered greater than 250,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, offering many with their first ever identification playing cards and proof of their proper to return to Myanmar sooner or later.

“Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,” spokesman Andrej Mahecic instructed reporters in Geneva.

Many Rohingya refugees who fled stated there had been mass rapes and slaughters within the villages, and in a report revealed final September, the fact-finding mission stated there have been affordable grounds to consider the atrocities amounted to “genocide”.

Some 740,000 Rohingya refugees fled a navy crackdown in August 2017 to cross into Bangladesh the place 300,000 members of the persecuted Muslim minority had been already in camps.

UNHCR places the variety of Rohingya refugees presently crowded into settlements in Cox’s Bazar at round 900,000, though the UN usually provides a decrease quantity than Bangladesh authorities and different support organisations.

“The registration exercise, which began in June 2018, is about safeguarding the right of Rohingya refugees to be able to return home voluntarily to Myanmar in future,” Mahecic stated.

They’re stateless, although a lot of their households have lived in Myanmar for generations, since members of the Muslim minority have had their citizenship eroded over many years.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed a memorandum of understanding about repatriating the Rohingya, however to date security fears and issues over citizenship imply the refugees have refused to return.

The brand new ID playing cards, offered to all refugees over the age of 12, lists vital info, together with names, household hyperlinks and fingerprints and Iris scans.