Accountability crucial for Rohingya return: Envoy

5 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has said accountability would serve as an important confidence building measure for the Rohingyas’ to return voluntarily without which the repatriation would not be sustainable, reports UNB.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen said this at the general debate of the General Assembly on the report of the Human Rights Council in New York recently.

“While our continued efforts and readiness for safe, voluntary and dignified repatriation of Rohingyas to their original place of abode in the Rakhine state is about to see fruition, one should therefore, not be oblivious of the imperativeness of ensuring accountability for the gravest atrocities perpetrated against them,” he said.

Accountability, Ambassador Momen said, would be crucial for implementation of the bilateral instruments and hence should be pursued right earnest.

“We wish to reiterate our commitment to work closely with the Human Rights Council in the coming days,” he said.

During the last Council session, Bangladesh had taken evident interest in the follow up to the work of UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.

“We reiterate our appreciation to the Fact-Finding for its authoritative work on documenting evidence-based information on the gravest crimes under international law committed against the Rohingya and other forcibly displaced people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State,” said Ambassador Momen.

He said they believe the Council had yet again taken a decisive action in renewing the mandate of the Fact-Find Mission, and in deciding to establish an ongoing investigation mechanism to collate, analyse and preserve the evidence of atrocity crimes against the Rohingya and others affected.

Bangladesh has always maintained that the possibility for repatriation of the Rohingya to their place of origin in Myanmar can be realized only in an environment that restores their safety, dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms.