As more and more refugees are arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar, the European Commission announced additional humanitarian aid of €3 million Euro to address the most pressing needs of the Rohingyas.
The funding comes on top of the €12 million announced in May 2017 when Commissioner Stylianides visited Rakhine State in Myanmar, said a press release.
“The European Union is providing further emergency humanitarian aid as the situation continues to be critical. This additional funding will help provide emergency shelter, water, food and health assistance for newly arrived refugees in Bangladesh and people in need in Myanmar, as soon as humanitarian access to the latter is restored,” said the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
He further said, “The EU continues to call for full humanitarian access and the respect for international human rights law in Myanmar.”
I thank the government and people of Bangladesh for their hospitality in sheltering many refugees. “The European Union remains committed to supporting those who are forced to flee their homes during these difficult times,” he added.
The EU Commissioner pointed out that immediate restoration of humanitarian assistance in northern Rakhine state is needed in order to address what is already a precarious humanitarian situation and to avoid an escalation of the crisis.
Meanwhile, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini issued a statement on the latest developments in Rakhine State and the border region in Bangladesh.
In her statement, Mogherini said, “I am following the dramatic developments in Rakhine State and at the border region in Bangladesh closely. The European Union has raised its concerns as recently as last Friday in direct contacts with Myanmar government members.”
She said the priority is now to obtain immediate humanitarian access again and to address in parallel the root causes of the conflict by implementing the Annan Advisory Commission recommendations to this end.
Mogherini continued that on both accounts they were reassured that there will be implementing steps this week, which she expects to happen.
“We are in close contact with Bangladeshi authorities and are stepping up our humanitarian engagement there,” she maintained.