US pledges to continue its support to Rohingyas, host communities

The United States has pledged to continue its support, alongside many other countries, NGOs and international organizations, to Rohingya refugees and the affected Bangladeshi communities.

US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Julieta Valls Noyes made the announcement in an official statement by the US Embassy in Bangladesh on Thursday.

She met Bangladeshi officials, other Bangladeshis, Rohingya refugees and humanitarian partners this week to understand the effects of the violence in Myanmar on the lives of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas.

During the visit, she and her delegation observed refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char.

“The United States takes its partnership with Bangladesh seriously in supporting the Rohingya refugees. Since 2017, the American people have provided more than $1.9 billion in humanitarian assistance to affected populations in Burma, Bangladesh and elsewhere in the region, for Rohingya and their host communities,” Julieta Valls Noyes said in the statement.

“As Human Rights Day approaches, I am reminded that the five-year crisis Rohingya refugees have endured has impacted their basic freedoms. We have placed strong sanctions on Burma to encourage changes in behavior that will stop the violence and allow Rohingya to return to their homeland. We also support efforts to hold the perpetrators of the genocide against Rohingya accountable and to ensure justice for the victims,” Noyes said.

“As part of our unwavering partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and our comprehensive response to Rohingya refugees, the US government is very pleased to establish, in coordination with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other resettlement countries, a resettlement program for the most vulnerable Rohingya refugees,” she added.

On behalf of the United States, she commended the people of Bangladesh for generously welcoming refugees into their communities and for recognizing that it is not yet safe for them to return home.


“We stand with Bangladesh in responding to the needs of refugees and the Bangladeshis who host them because all people deserve to live in safety and with dignity,” she said.