Solution to Rohingya crisis unlikely if impunity, geopolitical appeasement continues: FM


20th October, 2020 08:05:11 printer

Solution to Rohingya crisis unlikely if impunity, geopolitical appeasement continues: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said there will be no sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis in near future if this defiance, impunity and geopolitical appeasement of Myanmar continues.

He said a culture of appeasement of Myanmar geopolitically through enhanced bilateral trade, investment and development assistance continues to grow while the country has done nothing to redress the rapes, gender-based violence, mass atrocities and genocide committed on its minorities that its neighbour Bangladesh diligently continues to host in temporary camps that threatens its very security and sovereignty. 

Today, Dr Momen said, ensuring international justice and accountability for the Rohingya people is the call and the cry of the hour under every possible global investigative and accountability mechanism making the Rohingya crisis truly global.

"Unfortunately, be it the decisions of the UNGA, UNHRC, UNSG’s Special Envoy, the UN Security Council, the ICJ and ICC, the OIC or at the Commonwealth of nations, Myanmar manages to defy them all and gets away with it," he said. 

The Foreign Minister said a dangerous culture of impunity and defiance is thriving.

"Even the ICJ provisional measures of 29 January 2020 is not being able to guarantee Myanmar’s compliance of no more violence against Rohingyas or implementation of the critically important recommendations of the Kofi Anan or Rakhine Advisory Commission," he said.

The Foreign Minister was addressing a virtual high-level event at the Commonwealth titled “Towards Sustainable Justice, Accountability and Returns: The Rohingya Crisis into its Fourth Year” at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK FCDO Minister, Hussein Thomasi, Special Adviser to the Justice Minister of The Gambia, Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Rushnara Ali MP and Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Masud Bin Momen took part in the event moderated by Bangladesh High Commissioner in London Saida Muna Tasneem.