US senators acclaim Sheikh Hasina for aiding Rohingyas
18 October 2017, Nirapad News: Nine influential US senators have applauded Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s strong leadership for providing assistance to more than half a million Rohingya people fleeing horrific violence in Myanmar.
“Your government’s extraordinary generosity in ensuring their safety and shelter is a beacon of hope as the world watches this crisis unfold,” they said in a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday.
They welcomed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks in the UN General Assembly on September 22 urging a cessation of the violence in Burma and support for the full implementation of the Kofi Annan Commission report.
“We commend your call, which we join, that a UN fact-finding mission be granted immediate access to Rakhine State, given the credible evidence of grave human rights violations”.
Terming the influx of Rohingyas as a major challenge for the government, they said Bangladesh “has been a shining example for all countries in supporting fleeing civilians in desperate need of aid”.
According to the letter, the US senators commended government’s decision to work with the UNHCR to register new arrivals and provide them with biometric identity cards to speed efforts to reach those in need of assistance.
“In the challenging period ahead, we believe it is vital that your government continue its critical work with international agencies, including UNHCR, which should be the lead agency in this effort, as well as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and their non-governmental partners,” the letter read.
The US senators both from Democratic and Republican parties strongly committed to assisting Bangladesh government to face the “difficult and complex challenges”, the letter added.
The US senators, who signed the letter are- Benjamin L. Cardin, Cory Cardner, Richard J. Durbin, Marco Rubio, Jeanne Shaheen, Jeff Merkley, Tim Kaine, Christopher A. Coons and Cory A. Booker.