Several hundreds of Rohingya people, including women and children, have been drifting for weeks at sea in appalling conditions, being pushed away from the shores in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The European Union urges the governments in the region to conduct a search and rescue operation and to find a solution for their safe disembarkation. Bangladesh granted safe landing and assistance to 400 Rohingya on one of the boats on 16 April 2020, showing continued generosity and humanity. We hope that countries in the region will follow this example.
The EU urges all armed forces in Myanmar to urgently implement an unconditional ceasefire and recommit to an all-inclusive peace process. This would help addressing the root causes of the plight of the Rohingya. The EU is a key humanitarian and development donor for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and stands ready to provide further support in the region. We continue to advocate for the safe, sustainable, dignified, and voluntary return of the Rohingya refugees to their places of origin and for ensuring full accountability for the crimes committed against them.