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‘Press Myanmar on Rohingya return’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 June, 2018 12:00 AM
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‘Press Myanmar on Rohingya return’

Speakers at a programme on Tuesday demanded that the government should continue exerting pressure on international community to take steps to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

They also urged the government to be kind to Rohingyas and put pressure on the international community to take Myanmar army to international court.

They were addressing a human chain organised by COAST TRUST and Cox’s Bazar CSO NGO Forum in front of Jatiya Press Club in the city marking the World Refugee Day.

Speaking on the occasion, Mostafa Kamal Akonda, assistant director (HRM and DRR) of COAST, said there are more than 68 million people around the world who have been displaced from their homes due to conflict, persecution and natural disasters.

It is the duty of people to ensure human dignity for them, he added.

He said, “Around 10 lakh Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh after being driven away from Myanmar. These Rohingya people are now the cause of different short-term and long-term crisis of Bangladesh. “As the crisis is not only for Bangladesh, the world community will have to take responsibility for the problem.”

Khondokar Abdus Salam, programme coordinator of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, demanded that the UN take immediate steps to send back Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

Citing a report of a survey, Salam said there are around 2 lakh refugee families in Cox’s Bazar where 80 lakh children will be born every year. He asked who will take their responsibility.

To reduce humanitarian disaster in Rohingya camps, increasing pressure of international community is a must, said Salam.         

In his speech, president of Bangladesh Krishak Federation Badrul Alam said ethnic cleansing in Myanmar is still going on and Rohingyas are still coming to Bangladesh along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

Myanmar army and their government cannot avoid responsibility for the ethnic cleansing and they will have to face trial one day, he said.

AHM Bazlur Rahman of Bangladesh NGOs Network called for steps to utilize around 10 lakh refugees. Rohingyas in different camps can produce lots of things if they get an employment opportunity, he said.