UN envoy Vijay Nambiar not visits Rohingya IDPs in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: A United Nations envoy, Vijay Nambiar, has wrapped up a visit to Burma between December16-20,2012, was at the invitation of the Burmese Government, which has pledged to take measures to address the violence in Arakan State, but no visited to Rohingya IDPs camp in Maungdaw, according to a Rohingya politician.
“In Maungdaw, only one Rohingya IDPs camp which was setup during last month in Koe Tan Kauk village under Maungdaw south, who fled from Rathedaung since June, other Rohingya IDPs from Maungdaw are not recognized by authority.”

The UN envoy only visited the Natala fake IDPs camps—- Mawra Waddi and Kan pin Thazi—but not Rohingya IDPs in Maungdaw Township. The thousands of Rohingya IDPs have no shelters, no food and medicines. They did not get any help from outside, so far, said a local leader from Maungdaw.

A Rohingya elder from Maungdaw Town said,” Many local poor Rakhine people were placed on the road side of Maungdaw- Aley Than Kyaw Highway road by erecting tents before the UN envoy’s visit to show the fake IDPs. After visiting the UN envoy, the fake IDPs returned to their houses.”

“The Maungdaw high officials had made a plan to show International delegation who visit Maungdaw with fake IDPs -Natala and Rakhine- as the Rohignya had attacked the fake IDPs as minority in Maungdaw. But, Rohingya IDPs are not show to this delegation.”

But, Mr. Nambiar was able to meet with people displaced by the inter-communal violence this year in Arakan state, as well as discuss with the Government how to address the problems facing the communities there.

“This visit helped the Special Adviser see the current conditions of the internally displaced persons from both communities in the area and also allowed him to participate in the discussions which the Minister was holding with the representatives of the two communities, together and separately,” according to UN Information center in Rangoon.

Mr. Vijay Nambiar, undertook a working visit to Burma from 16 to 20 December 2012, in order to participate in a meeting of the Myanmar Peace Donor Support Group on Monday 17 December as well as to accompany the Minister for Immigration and Population Affairs U Khin Yi on a visit to Arakan State.

Last month, President Thein Sein wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that his Government was prepared to address “contentious political dimensions, ranging from resettlement of displaced populations to granting of citizenship.”
It would also look at “issues of birth registration, work permits and permits for movement across the country for all, in line with a uniform national practice across the country ensuring that they are in keeping with accepted international norms.”

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