BD Urges Int’l Community
Put ‘credible pressure’ on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas
Bangladesh has urged the international community to put "credible international pressure" on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas and ensure their security and dignity in their homeland.
Foreign Minister Abdul Momen on Tuesday made this call, writing to the heads of state, human rights group and civil society persons. The FM also urged them to monitor the process of Rohingya repatriation effectively and put diplomatic pressure on Myanmar to take back 1.8 million Rohingyas from Bangladesh.
"We send letters to the diplomats stationed in Dhaka and our missions abroad on Tuesday. We are eager to address the long pending problem as soon as possible," a senior official of the Foreign Ministry told the Daily observer on
Tuesday. The letter said Bangladesh is incapable of taking responsibility of such a huge number of people's livelihood for indefinite period. The destitute and deprived Rohingya community might be a challenge for the peace and development of this region in future, he (Momen) writes.
The international community needs to put more pressure on Myanmar so that they take back their own people and ensure their security, he stated in the letter.
Nearly 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh from Rakhine to escape a military crackdown since August2017, amid reports of murder, rape and arson by Myanmar troops and Buddhist vigilantes in actions which the United Nations has likened to "ethnic cleansing".
The letter said Bangladesh and Myanmar have signed two agreements in this regard, Myanmar says they are ready to take back the Rohingya, but they are not taking the initiative.
"It is the responsibility of the Myanmar government and military to create conducive environment so that the Rohingyas feel safe to return home," it reads.