11 Aug Rohingya Refugees Gets Identity Documents Through UNHCR
About half a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been registered through the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The Bangladesh authorities also participated in this action to help the people from Myanmar to – maybe for the first time! – get an ID card.
According to the UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic, the reason behind the action is…
[…] to ensure the accuracy of data on refugees in Bangladesh, giving national authorities and
humanitarian partners a better understanding of the population and their needs.
Mahecic talked about the registration at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, in a press briefing. The method used for the registration included fingerprints and iris scanning, to insure a fraud-proof identification and smoother registration process.
The purpose of the registration is to establish that the country of origin is Myanmar, and be able to safeguard the Rohingya refugees’ right to return home. This will of course be decided by themselves at a future date, when it is safe to go back.