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UN Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees Volker Türk on Wednesday concluded his visit to Myanmar by calling on the government to allow unrestricted humanitarian access to needy communities and the voluntary and dignified return of refugees.
During his meeting with officials, the Assistant High Commissioner urged the Government to ensure a safe environment and protect all communities in Rakhine State. He also called for unrestricted humanitarian access to enable relief organizations to provide life-saving assistance and build confidence among needy communities.
Turk reiterated the right of return for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who had fled from Rakhine State to Bangladesh; he appealed for a safe, voluntary and sustainable return to their places of origin.
Turk welcomed the government's initiative to hold a joint workshop with UNHCR on international standards for voluntary repatriation on 31 October.
The Assistant High Commissioner confirmed UNHCR's readiness to support the Government and hoped that the workshop would be a step towards involving the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Government's voluntary repatriation plans.
Turk also welcomed the renewal of the Government's commitment to the speedy implementation of the recommendations of the Rakhine State Advisory Committee and said that those recommendations provided an important road map for moving forward.
Mohammed Zaki wrote - edit by|Tony wild
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern over the transfer of southern Sudanese refugees from their camps in Khartoum "north of sudan state" and the demolition of their shelters without planning.
The UNHCR statement said Thursday
"UNHCR is deeply concerned about the insufficient response to the humanitarian needs of refugees from southern Sudan in Khartoum."
It should be noted that the transfer of thousands of refugees or the demolition of tents without planning or adequate consultation with their communities during the past few months.
"We learned that the Sudanese police removed some 220 Maui refugees in the Dar es Salaam area on 23 October last year, and there are about 2,000 refugees from southern Sudan in the open without shelter."
The statement added that the Iraqi authorities carried out other arbitrary measures, such as the deportation of other refugees to the site (Panteo) in the town of Jabal Awlia and the location (Naivasha) in Omdurman.
"Inadequate planning for their reception led to overcrowding, lack of shelter and excessive use of water and sanitation facilities," the statement said.
The Sudanese government is hosting about 1.3 million refugees from southern Sudan on its territory, and the UNHCR is working with Khartoum to ensure that all of these refugees are registered, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.
UNHCR said it hoped "to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of refugees from southern Sudan in Khartoum in time to avoid any suffering."
"Meeting the immediate and long-term needs of refugees from southern Sudan will require donor support for the agencies," she said.
UNHCR works in various states of the Sudan to help it respond to the needs of refugees by providing basic services to more than 450,000 South Sudanese refugees who have been confirmed to have arrived in the country since 2013.