A Rohingya mother and her daughter are sitting on the relics of their house in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, after the devastating fire in March 2023. The community deserves sustainable solutions over repeated displacement.

Re-committing to Increased Protection and Solutions for Rohingya Refugees

Published 16. Oct 2023
Statement by Adam Combs, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Regional Director for the Asia region on the “2023 Meeting on Rohingya Refugees” in Bangkok on 17 October 2023:

“We welcome today’s conference bringing together Governments, refugee-led organisations, the United Nations, academia and civil society with the joint aim of improving the Rohingya refugee response. Such efforts are sorely needed.  

“Six years after 700,000 Rohingya refugees fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, durable solutions remain elusive and humanitarian conditions continue to deteriorate amidst a markedly reduced funding environment, increasing security concerns and heightened protection risks in the camps.  

“Rohingya refugees today remain stuck in limbo - unable to return and unable to build a future due to a lack of rights and agency.  

“As the international community prepares for the upcoming Global Refugee Forum in December, now is a key moment to work collectively to address the major shortfalls in the response for Rohingya refugees. Meaningful responsibility sharing must include predictable and sustainable funding to the humanitarian response, increased third-country resettlement and greater partnership with Rohingya-led organisations to ensure responses are better tailored to their longer-term needs and support their self-sufficiency.  

“Today’s event is an opportunity to pledge support for Rohingya and demonstrate a commitment to improving the prospects for achieving durable solutions to their displacement.” 

Notes to editors: 

  • Photographs are available for free use here. 
  • The Rohingya crisis joint appeal for 2023 is currently 42.4% funded (OCHA). 

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