UEHRD parries Gambia’s allegations of misdeeds in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25. (AFP). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NAY PYI TAW, Dec 12, 2019, Myanmar Times. The Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development (UEHRD) on Wednesday denied allegations made at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that it was part of the genocide allegedly carried out in Rakhine State, Myanmar Times reported.

The public-private entity, which was organised last year to help in the rehabilitation and development of the strife-torn state, has been accused at the World Court of being complicit in the genocide by seizing the land of Muslims.

“We… categorically deny the allegations made at the International Court of Justice in The Hague regarding the confiscation of land,” it said in a statement. “Such action has never been taken by UEHRD. The land used for building reception and transit centres was provided by the Rakhine State government.”

Gambia filed the case on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation at the ICJ, accusing Myanmar of genocidal acts that resulted in the mass exodus of more than 700,000 Muslims from northern Rakhine in August 2017.

“We listened to the hearing yesterday. We don’t accept at all the accusation against our organisation,” said U Aung Tun Thet, chief coordinator of the enterprise.

He said UEHRD has carried out its work to help in the preparation for the repatriation of refugees in line with the instructions of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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