The country’s left political parties on Sunday made an appeal to the United Nations to force Myanmar to end persecution of Rohingya people.
They made the call while submitting a memorandum with over one lakh mass signatures to the UN office in Dhaka to inform it about the attitude of Bangladeshi people towards the Rohingya crisis.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB), Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) and Democratic Left Alliance (DLA) jointly handed over the memorandum.
CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim, BSD general secretary Khalequzzaman and Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh general secretary Saiful Huq, were, among others, present during the handover of the memorandum.
Henry Glorieux, high official of the UN, received the memorandum, said sources at the left parties.
After handing over the memorandum, Mujahidul Islam at a press briefing placed their five-point demand, including forcing Myanmar to stop genocide of the Rohingya people.
He said though China, Russia and India are expressing sympathy to Rohingyas, they are not interested to take any effective action against Myanmar for their interest of huge investment in the country, while the United States also wants to deepen the crisis through provoking the instability created on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
He further said they launched a mass signature programme across the country while they submitted over one lakh signatures collected from 25 districts in the first phase.
In their memorandum, the left parties said a humanitarian disaster involving lakhs of Rohingya people who fled the violence in Myanmer. The torching of Rohingya houses by Myanmer’s military is a part of the crime.
“At present, Bangladesh is facing a humanitarian disaster due to sudden influx of Rohingya refugees. According to the UN, now 5,37,000 Rohingyas are staying in Bangladesh,” it added.They demanded that the UN ensure a dignified sanctuary for Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh and provide sufficient accommodation, food, medical support and education for them. The UN will also ensure that Myanmar will stop barbarism against the Rohingyas in Myanmar and put pressure on the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh and grant them Myanmar citizenship.
They also demanded suitable environment, security and free movement for the Rohingas in Myanmar, and implementation of ‘Kofi Annan Commission’ report under the supervision of United Nations.