OHCHR / BACHELET BANGLADESH

16-Aug-2022 00:03:56
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has been on her first official visit to Bangladesh since Sunday. OHCHR
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STORY: OHCHR / BACHELET BANGLADESH
TRT: 03:56
SOURCE: OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14, 16 AUGUST 2022, DHAKA, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
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14 AUGUST 2022, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

1. Various shots, exterior, government guest house, journalists
2. Various shots, arrival Bachelet, journalists, government guest house
3. Wide shot, Bachelet meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
4. Various shots, exteriors, streets

16 AUGUST 2022, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

5. Wide shot, exterior, refugee camp
6. Wide shot, Bachelet walking, refugee camp
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are here in Cox’s Bazar, where so many people from Myanmar – Rohingya people from Myanmar – after terrible repression and violation of their human rights, had to flee here to get some safety. There's an estimated 1.1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh right now, mainly in Cox's Bazar, some of them in Bhashan Char.”
8. Various shots, Bachelet meeting with women refugees
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“So, we've been able to talk to her. They described their grievances, their pains. They had to leave – how they left and lost everything they had: their livelihoods, many of them also their loving persons, and how they have received shelter here in Bangladesh in this Cox's Bazar camp that the United Nations with other partners, NGOs, has been supporting with services.”
10. Wide shot, Bachelet walking in refugee camp
11. Various shots, Bachelet in a school of refugee camp,
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“I must say, all of them have said: We want to go back, but we want to go back when we have an identity as citizens of Myanmar, when our rights are respected, we can have our livelihoods again, and we can have a land, and we can feel that we are part of the country.”
13. Various shots, Bachelet meeting religious leaders in community center, refugee camp
14. Various shots, young women weaving in community center, refugee camp
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The U.N. is doing the best we can to support them. We'll continue doing that. But we also need to deal with the profound roots of the problem. We need to deal with that and ensure that they can go back to Myanmar when there are conditions for safety and voluntary return.”
16. Various shots, Bachelet walking, food market, refugee camp
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Well, one of the problems that they have been seeing here, as in many other places in the world – is that prices of food are going up. And that means that the same amount of money that before could buy more now can buy less. And that is producing problems for the people here in Cox's Bazar. So, I would insist that the international community don't abandon the Rohingyas and continue supporting and even looking at if they can even scale up their support because of the consequences.”
18. Wide shot, refugee woman carrying baby, refugee camp
19. Wide shot, Bachelet walking, refugee camp
20. Med shot, Bachelet meeting with refugee women
STORYLINE
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has been on her first official visit to Bangladesh since Sunday (14 Aug).

During her visit to Dhaka, the High Commissioner met several ministers.

On Monday (15 Aug), she met with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the Government guest house.

She also met with representatives of civil society organisations and other stakeholders.

The High Commissioner traveled to Cox’s Bazar, where she could visit the camps housing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

The Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar five years ago shared their concerns and hopes with the High Commissioner.

After visiting several sites in the camp that house 1.2 million refugees, she met with women’s groups, religious leaders, and youth groups.

Michelle Bachelet said: “We are here in Cox’s Bazar, where so many Rohingya people from Myanmar, after the terrible repression and violation of human rights, had to flee here to get some safety. An estimated 1.1 million Rohingyas are in Bangladesh right now, meaning Cox's Bazar, some of them in Bhashan char.”

In a safe place for women inside the camp, Michelle Bachelet talked with them about the conditions there.

They also discussed their hopes.

“They described their grievances, their pains, how they left and lost everything they have – their livelihoods, many of them also their loving persons, and how they have received shelter here in Bangladesh in this Cox's Bazar camp that the United Nations with other partners, NGOs, has been supporting with services,” she said.

The young volunteers, aged 15 to 18, spoke of their wish to be able to able to get an education.

The High Commissioner said: “I must say, all of them have said: we want to go back, but we want to go back when we can have an identity as citizens of Myanmar. When our rights are respected, we can have our livelihoods again, and we can have a land, and we can feel that we are part of the country.”

The High Commissioner reiterated the importance to continue to ensure that safe and sustainable conditions exist for any returns, and these are conducted in a voluntary and dignified way.

“The U.N. is doing the best we can to support them. We'll continue doing that. But we also need to deal with the profound roots of the problem. We need to deal with that and ensure that they can go back to Myanmar – when there are conditions for safety and voluntary return,” Bachelet said.

With the current economic crisis and the impact of the war in Ukraine, food costs have been rising.

Michelle Bachelet made the following call: “One of the problems that they have been seeing here, as in many other places of the world, is that the prices of food are going up. And that means that the same amount of money that before could buy more now can buy less. And that is producing problems for the people here in Cox's Bazar. So, I would insist that the international community don't abandon the Rohingyas and continue supporting and even looking at if they can even scale up their support because of the consequences.”

Michelle Bachelet’s visit to Bangladesh will end on Wednesday (17 Aug), following a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and a press conference.
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