Dhaka happy over UN resolution to condemn Myanmar

Diplomatic Correspondent

4 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has welcomed a resolution adopted at the United Nations 75th UN General Assembly on Thursday expressing grave concern over reported rights violations by the Myanmar military against the Rohingyas.

“We are happy with the results of the United Nations resolution on Rohingyas and Bangladesh sees it as its diplomatic success,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said in Dhaka on Sunday.

Talking to diplomatic correspondents at his office, he also said Dhaka has no displeasure against the countries which abstained from voting in the UN resolution and voted against it saying it is a "strategic" decision.

A total of 132 countries voted in favour of the resolution which is a success for Bangladesh.

China, Russia, Belarus, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam and Zimbabwe stood beside Myanmar while India and Japan refrained from voting the draft resolution on the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar which was adopted by the UN General Assembly.

“Those countries could play a better role which voted against the resolution. We don’t have any displeasure against them,” he added.

The resolution was placed before the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations on Thursday (December 31).

A total of 26 countries, including India, Japan, Sri Lanka and Singapore, abstained from voting on the resolution on the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar.

Foreign Minister Momen said the countries, those wanted to remain neutral in the UN to use their leverage on Myanmar in finding the solution, talked to Bangladesh before taking their the decision. “We are happy about that,” he said.

Momen said Rohingya issue remains a major challenge and expressed his expectation over resumption of the repatriation process in this year. He said that he conveyed it to his counterpart in Myanmar that Bangladesh wants the repatriation process to start soon.

Bangladesh is currently hosting over one million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there since August 25, 2017 following a brutal military crackdown by the Myanmar security forces, which the United Nations called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” by other rights groups.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal on November 23 in 2017. Also on January 16 in 2018, the two countries signed another document on “Physical Arrangement” to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister said a negative and false campaign has been launched abroad against Rohingya relocation to Bhasan Char.

He categorically said Bhasan Char is a very stable place with far better facilities and it absolutely secure with adequate protective measures. Nobody was taken in the island by giving money or bribe, he said.

Momen said a number of countries officially and unofficially supported the government's efforts to relocate the Rohingyas to Bhasan Char.

He said the government will soon make arrangement to take foreign media and foreign envoys stationed in Dhaka to Bhasan Char to see the facilities on the ground.

In the first batch on December 4, 2020, the government relocated some 1,642 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char while the second batch, comprising 1,804 Rohingyas, was transferred from Cox's Bazar to Bhasan Char on December 29, 2020.