Wed 12 Mar 2014
Filed under: Health,Human Rights,Inside Burma,News
A rights group reported on Wednesday morning that “important progress” was being made in negotiations between the government and Médecins Sans Frontières, raising the possibility that the group’s live-saving care may return to Rakhine State in the near future.
“We learned that things were moving in a positive direction,” Tom Andrews, president of the US-based advocacy group United to End Genocide, told The Myanmar Times.
United to End Genocide had originally planned to launch a media campaign in Yangon on Wednesday morning to pressure the government to allow Médecins Sans Frontières to reopen its clinics in Rakhine State.
Also known as Doctors Without Borders, the medical NGO was expelled from the state by the government in late February.
Last week Mr Andrews, a former member of the US Congress, visited camps for Muslims displaced by communal violence in Rakhine State to assess the impact of the shutdown.
“For many, the decision to deny them health care – that is there and readily available – is a death sentence,” United to End Genocide said in an earlier statement.
The group said it would postpone the launch of the campaign until there was more clarity over the result of the latest negotiations.
“We will continue to watch these encouraging developments closely and look forward to learning that this crisis has ended and lifesaving healthcare services have fully been restored,” Mr Andrews said.