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UN fails to take effective steps for Rohingya repatriation: Speakers

Published : Wednesday, 24 August, 2022 at 8:53 PM  Count : 869

UN fails to take effective steps for Rohingya repatriation: Speakers

UN fails to take effective steps for Rohingya repatriation: Speakers

There are some 1.2 million Rohingya people have been living in Cox’s Bazar now depriving the local people from their benefits. The international community, including the United Nations, completely failed to exert effective pressure on Myanmar to repatriate the forcibly displaced people to their country.

To secure their repatriation, formal and informal diplomacy, often known as ‘track two diplomacy’, should be prioritized, the leaders of civil society opined while speaking at a discussion meeting organized virtually in Dhaka by Cox’s Bazar CSO-NGO Forum (CCNF) on Wednesday.
They said that although Bangladesh bears no responsibility for the Rohingya problem, which is completely Myanmar’s fault and is a global crisis, Bangladesh has to bear the severe responsibility depriving its own citizens. The responsibility must be fallen on the global communities.

CCNF Co-chair and Chief Executive of PHALS Abu Murshed Chowdhury said to repatriate about 1.2 million Rohingya people living in Bangladesh. The international community hasn’t taken any effective efforts except taking a few UN resolutions. The Rohingyas are still unsure and frustrated about their return to Myanmar as well as the locals.

Jago Nari Unnayan Sangtsha’s Sheuli Sharma said to secure their repatriation, formal and informal diplomacy, often known as ‘track two diplomacy’, should be prioritized. Priority should be given in building female leadership among the Rohingya refugees.

CCNF Co-chair and COAST Foundation’s Executive Director Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said that the comprehensive development program of the government is being implemented for Cox’s Bazar. Up to 70 projects totaling roughly US$3.3 billion are now being carried out. The development efforts in Cox’s Bazar must be kept safe from all dangers to preserve the nation’s wealth.

If sustainable repatriation is not assured, the Rohingya crisis could pose a serious threat to Cox’s Bazar and the entire nation, he added.

CCNF Co-chair and Chief Executive of Mukti Cox’s Bazar Bimal Chandra Dey Sarkar said nearly half of the Rohingyas are children and young adults. This sizable population must participate in a variety of camp activities and receive technical and life skills training. This will lessen their likelihood of going astray, and even if they return to Myanmar, they will be able to establish respectable jobs.

Sushilan’s Mujibur Rahman said construction of the camp caused harm to about 6,000 acres of mountainous terrain and 2,000 acres of forest. A little over 2500 families working in social forestry did not get compensation. The water level is going down. Use of plastic in camps should be banned since it is such a significant problem. An Environmental Pool Fund should be created for environmental restoration.

ACLAB’s Sangeeta Ghosh said reproductive health services should be ensured for teenagers.

Disaster Forum’s Gowher Nayeem Wahra said repatriation should be kept at the center of Rohingya programme. A national strategy for resettlement should be developed and the implementation progress of the plan should be regularly reviewed. Also, the communication between the civil societies of the respective countries including Bangladesh and Myanmar should be increased.

BRAC University’s Center for Peace and Justice’s Barrister Manzoor Hasan said the international community, especially the United Nations, has failed in repatriation. ASEAN also failed in this regard. The Rohingya crisis has become a protracted crisis, requiring regional and international initiatives. There is no alternative to implementing a localization roadmap to deal with the crisis as funding is dwindling.

Among others, Naripokkho’s Shireen Huq, YPSA’s Arifur Rahman and Member Secretary of CCNF Jahangir Alam also spoke at the occasion.

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