US Acting Assistant Secretary of State to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow

31 Oct 2017, 14:10

NTV Online

Dhaka: US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw will arrive in Dhaka on Wednesday to discuss ways to address the humanitarian and human rights concerns stemming from the Rakhine State crisis.

The US delegation, will also discuss about improving the delivery of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in Burma (Myanmar), Bangladesh, and the region, a US embassy statement said on Monday.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Tom Vajda of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, and Office Director Patricia Mahoney of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs will accompany the Acting Assistant Secretary.

The delegation, which is now in Myanmar, will meet with various stakeholders to discuss the US and international responses to the ongoing Rohingya crisis and to explore durable solutions.

In Myanmar, Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw and the delegation will meet with the diplomatic community, senior government officials, and UN, international, and NGO partners.

The delegation members will discuss the current state of the crisis, promote protection for persons affected by the violence and accountability for reported human rights abuses during their visit to Myanmar.

They will also urge Myanmar authority unhindered humanitarian access to affected communities in Rakhine State, and press for the establishment of protection mechanisms to enable individuals voluntarily return in safety and with dignity.

During Dhaka tour, Simon Henshaw and the delegation will meet with senior government officials, donors, and humanitarian agencies to discuss efforts to improve conditions and effectively meet life-saving needs for the significant influx of refugees into Bangladesh.

The delegation will also visit affected communities in Cox’s Bazar District to hear the stories of the people who have fled, assess the impact of the emergency humanitarian response, identify gaps in assistance, and advise on ways to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance, the statement added.