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Development Minister Müller suspends cooperation with Myanmar after visit to Rohingya refugee camp

Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller visiting the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. Some 800,000 Rohingya members who have fled or been displaced from Myanmar live there.

Press release of 26.02.2020 |

Berlin/Kutupalong – On the second day of his visit to Bangladesh, Development Minister Gerd Müller visited the largest Rohingya refugee camp in Kutupalong. One million people belonging to a Muslim minority have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, where they live in appalling conditions.

On visiting the refugee camp there, Development Minister Gerd Müller said, "I have spoken to Rohingya women today, who have experienced immeasurable suffering. Here in Kutupalong, 800,000 Rohingya people are living in straw huts under the most basic conditions in one of the world's largest refugee camps.

I am deeply moved by their plight. Such ethnic cleansings and crimes against humanity are unacceptable.

Myanmar has an obligation to guarantee that the one million refugees can return safely to their homelands, and that it will protect the Rohingya still living within its borders.

Until Myanmar commits to do so, we will suspend our development cooperation with the country.

At the same time, we will provide 15 million euros in additional funding for education and sanitation measures to help the Rohingya refugees living in the camps here in Bangladesh as well as the communities hosting them.

It is time for all of us to put greater pressure on Myanmar and to back the proceedings of the International Criminal Court in order to induce Myanmar to take immediate measures to protect the Rohingya. And, in Europe, we should now seriously consider imposing further sanctions, such visa restrictions or trade sanctions."

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