Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen recalled the bold decision and humanitarian gesture of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to provide shelter to over a million Rohingya, as they fled atrocities in Myanmar, and the efforts of the government to ensure the wellbeing of Rohingya despite severe resources and space constraints.
“We have always called for international community’s active role in resolving the political aspects of the Rohingya problem; address the root causes and most importantly fulfill their fundamental right to return to their homes in safety, security and dignity,” he said at a high-level virtual discussion on Tuesday organised by Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.The event entitled “The current situation in Myanmar: implications for Rohingya Minority” was cosponsored by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect.
The Foreign Minister, who is now on a visit to US, presented the keynote speech while the President of the UN General Assembly joined him to share experience from his recent visit to Cox’s Bazaar.
Referring to the newly established accommodation facility for the Rohingya in Bhashan Char, Momen said that after thorough assessment the UN and the development partners have expressed satisfaction with the arrangements in Bhashan Char and are now considering to open their operations in Bhashan Char.
He expressed the hope that UN Human Rights Council would fulfill its Charter obligations and take urgent measures to resolve the crisis in Myanmar so that the Rohingya people can return to their homes in safety, security and dignity.
The panelists commended the government of Bangladesh profoundly for its remarkable humanitarian gesture and expressed their support in resolving the Rohingya crisis in a sustainable manner.
The event was held virtually and was attended by a large number of attendees from member States, civil society, academia and other stakeholders.It was addressed, among others, by Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Ambassador Rabab Fatima UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews, Special Advisor of Secretary General on Prevention of Genocide Alice W Nderitu, Permanent Representatives of Canada, and Turkey and Rohingya activist Ms. Wai Wai Nu. The executive Director of GCR2P Dr. Simon Adams moderated the panel discussion.
In the afternoon, Foreign Minister Momen met with the President of the UNGA Vulkan Bozkir and discussed the Rohingya crisis, climate change and the Covid-19 vaccine. Referring to the Covid-19 vaccine as a global public good, the Foreign Minister requested Bozkir to use his good office for ensuring vaccines for all.