Lawmakers from Commonwealth countries have called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
Taking part in the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC), they also expressed solidarity with Bangladesh and praised Bangladesh for providing shelter to the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council on Monday urged the Myanmar government to ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state, where violence has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the Buddhist-majority Asian country.
The council expressed grave concern over reports of human rights violations and abuses in Rakhine state, including by the Myanmar security forces, in particular against persons belonging to the Rohingya community.
“The Security Council calls upon the Myanmar Government to ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state, to restore civilian administration and apply the rule of law, and to take immediate steps in accordance with their obligations and commitments to respect human rights,” it said.
Taking part in the CPC, Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, “Rohingya issue becomes a problem for Bangladesh. The atrocities being taken place in Myanmar should be stopped.
Bangladesh is our neighbouring country. We also want a peaceful solution to the issue,” she told reporters on the concluding day session of the conference at BICC.
Myanmar is also our neighbouring country where democratic practice has just started, Mahajan said.
“We also keep it in mind. Rohingyas are the citizens of Myanmar and Myanmar should recognise them as its citizens,” she said.
“If any statement on Rohingya issue is released from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, we will also be a part of it,” she added. Canadian lawmaker Alexandra Mendes said her country is very much concerned about the Rohingya issue.