At least they must be able to obtain a legal status that allows them to lead a normal life, including freedom of movement and access to labor markets, education and health services, he said.
The Rohingya, who have no citizenship rights in Myanmar, have been targeted by government forces as well as vigilante groups after Rohingya insurgents launched deadly attacks on police posts in August. Australian Senator George Brandis said ADF engagement with the Burmese military could “reinforce the role of a professional defence force in a modern democracy”.
A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.
A group of global non-government organisations has appealed to the government to lift restrictions on their movement so they can resume providing humanitarian aid in Rakhine State.
Haley said Myanmar’s military must immediately remove and prosecute those accused of abuses.
Later on Thursday, the UN Security Council will meet in NY to discuss the crisis.
The recent funding to WFP complements assistance announced by the United States on September 20, which included $28 million in assistance to Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh.
“Any nation has a right, and indeed a responsibility, to consider security risks, but that can not be confused as an excuse to knowingly force an entire group of people back to a place where they will face certain persecution and a high likelihood of severe human rights abuses and death”, Daniel Sullivan of Refugees International told BBC News.
“On behalf of the church in Chittagong, I also express our stand against the violence against humanity in Rakhine, Myanmar”.
In 2017, the USA government, through USAID, provided over $212 million in development assistance to Bangladesh.
The administration was initially muted about the crisis but has become more outspoken as the gravity of the situation has become apparent.
Wu Haitao told an open meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that “many of the differences and antagonisms” in Myanmar have been building up over a long time. He did not specify what kind of action he was seeking.
Yet a strong statement by Aung San Suu Kyi might achieve less in the short term than we would hope. “They’re responsible for what’s happening, and they know that”, Cardin told reporters Wednesday.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under increasing worldwide pressure, says a “huge iceberg of misinformation” is distorting the global picture of events in Rakhine.
In the Bangladesh camps, aid groups said they had seen thousands of cases of child malnutrition amid shortages of food, water and medicines that is claiming a growing toll among the Rohingya.
Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman said that amounted to a Catch-22. An Indian navy ship arrived with relief materials while China sent an aircraft carrying succor for Rohingyas as part of continued worldwide response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of almost five lakh forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. He also said the USA needed to re-evaluate its policy of having lifted sanctions. These crimes pose an existential threat to the Rohingya population and represent a policy of ethnic cleansing on behalf of the Myanmar authorities.