Sunday, 5 February, 2023

Rohingya Repatriation

World must take action on time

Rohingya people’s illegal crossing of borders, their camp border and Bangladesh-India border have become a fresh security concern for the host. It is very horrifying that some human tracking groups are reportedly using Sylhet region for trafficking Rohingyas from and to Bangladesh. While entering fresh Rohingyas from a third country is putting pressure on accommodating camps, the indirect suggestion that Rohingyas are now capable to escape from their camps and take shelter at any place of the hosting country is very alarming considering the security threat which has been the major concern since the flocks of Rohingyas flee their motherland, Myanmar.

Such a situation is not only threatening Bangladesh but also the entire South Asian region as with every passing day more and more Rohingyas may take every possible option, no matter whether legal or illegal, to change their fortune if their repatriation is delayed.

The quick repatriation of these displaced people would have been the only solution to change their luck as well as regional security. But the most unfortunate fact is that while the world community, including the UN, is always advocating for ensuring a safe and sustainable environment for Rohingyas in Myanmar, they are hardly seen translating their words into action and thus the situation in Rakhine State remains almost unchanged as in 2017 when the military conducted cleansing operation against this Muslim community. Instead, international attention is gradually shifting from the issue to newer global and internal conflicts in Myanmar.

But there is no scope to let the situation go in such a way.  Since Rohingyas were seen expressing their strong demand to go back to their homes through the “Go Home” campaign on World Refugee Day, the world community must take punitive steps to compel Myanmar to take their people back. The global community needs to intervene in the proceedings before the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and national courts, including supporting the Gambia in the ICJ, in order to strengthen action against human rights violations in Myanmar. At the same time, they should undertake elaborate efforts to fully implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. Myanmar military authorities must be compelled to take back their citizens immediately to ensure the dignified lives of Rohingyas as well as the security of South Asian region.