Is Nobel Peace Prize Committee neglecting Rohingya issue?
Taking refuge in a neighbouring country is a matter of life or death for more than eleven million of Rohingya refugees, who are the original inhabitants of Myanmar, inhumanely neglected and tortured by the Burmese military. Rohingyas, possibly the most persecuted community of the world at present, desperately needed a breathing space when Bangladesh sheltered them. It is a humanitarian crisis when Bangladesh sheltered the refugees without expecting any kind of gratitude. Sadly, this noble deed repeatedly overlooked by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. Every year the committee is disappointing crores of peace loving people of the world, who want to see the excellent deed of Bangladesh get the recognition by the world community, because if good works get unnoticed, then no one will be encouraged to do those in future.
However, this overlooking is happening not only by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, but also by the world communities also. It seems that suddenly everyone lost their interest in this crucial matter. World media has started ignoring the news of the ordeal of Rohingya community. It seems that they fear that these matters might be trashed by the readers or they will find those cliché. But the truth is that, the news of any persecuted ethnicity never loses relevance as news because it has human interest. People can connect themselves easily with these kinds of news.
The problem of this sudden sheer negligence created a huge trouble for Bangladesh, because it seems that Myanmar is getting a kind of impunity by the world community, which is very unfortunate. On the other side, we are despondently watching that in spite of all the wrongdoings done by the Myanmar army, China is making deep sea port in Rakhaine, which is really shocking, because the country of dragon often claims that it is the biggest friend of Bangladesh and is always ready to give a helping hand in every cases.
Moreover, Bangladesh has very strong relations with China in the diplomatic level at present. Recently, they invested a lot in our country. Still, this biggest Asian superpower downplayed the agony of the Rohingya community caused by the massacre of the Burmese armed forces and making ambitious projects in Myanmar. Another odd thing is the role of United Nations (UN) on this matter. Every time it urges the member countries to help Bangladesh to solve this humanitarian issue. Now the problem lies in the pattern of urging. It seems that UN has no absolute authority on the superpower members of the organizations. It cannot bring to book the culprits.
Though UN knows well that China and Russia are assisting Myanmar, it cannot take any action against these countries. Therefore, at best UN can does, is sending brand ambassadors to Bangladesh to see the current situation of Rohingya community in the refugee camps and making news headlines in the world media that UN is still alive. But we, the Bangladeshis know well that these types of issuing statements and mere talks are useless at least in this particular crisis. Burmese culprits must be punished and the Rohingyas should be rehabilitated peacefully in Rakhine. Eleven millions of migrants are now living in Bangladesh, which will sound literally unbelievable to the developed European countries, if they asked to shelter them. Possibly, these countries can never imagine such condition.
Therefore, the world must recognize such benevolent deed. Our Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has done many developmental works for Bangladesh, but she will be remembered most for her noble deed for the persecuted Rohingya people. The way she treated a hapless community, who were humongous in number and in a dire situation, is incomparable with any of the works done by any of the world leaders. Everyone talks about humanity, but the Prime Minister showed what the nobility really means. For this reason, Sheikh Hasina is rightly addressed as 'Mother of Humanity'.
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee should consider this unparallel feat for the Nobel Peace Prize, because it deserves that recognition. If, unfortunately, the committee fails to recognize the great humanitarian work, it will be really sad and ultimately, this prize will lose its relevance. It has been said that late better than never. Therefore we expect that Nobel Peace Prize Committee will think about this and take proper steps.
It is expected that when the Nobel committee will recognize the enormous contribution of Bangladesh in this humanitarian issue, the pressure on the Myanmar army will be mounted and they will be bound to take the refugees back. If the world come forward to solve the Rohingya issue and take steps to resettle the community peacefully in Myanmar again, then it will be good for all sides.
Last but not the last, Nobel prize is a matter of appreciation for the great works in different fields. Therefore, it is necessary to notice and recognize such a grand effort of sheltering a large number of refugees by a third world country during the tenure of a benevolent leader who is relentlessly trying to make her country developed within 2041.
Bidit Chowdhury is a freelance column writer