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Uniting global community to put pressure on Myanmar to repatriate the Rohingya

  • Published at 11:38 pm February 18th, 2020
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Over one million Rohingyas fled Rakhine State of Myanmar for Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh following a severe crackdown by the Myanmar military on August 25, 2017 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

They said, alongside government efforts, civil society should take part in overcoming the crisis which has affected the country in terms of security and environmental issues

Bring the global community under an umbrella to increase pressure on Myanmar regarding Rohingya repatriation, said speakers on a panel discussion on Tuesday.

They said, alongside government efforts, civil society should take part in overcoming the crisis which has affected the country in terms of security and environmental issues.

The panel discussion on “Rohingya –The Need for Justice and Rights in Rakhine,” jointly organized by the Center for Peace and Justice, BRAC University, and Center for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka, was held at BRAC Center in Dhaka on Tuesday. 

Imtiaz Ahmed, professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka said: “My students always ask me why the nations who always talk about human rights are being silent? Why did only two nations support The Gambia’s case against Myanmar?” 

“It is clear, alongside international justice we need to do much more as a global community to increase pressure on the Myanmar government,” he added.

He suggested a network can be created by uniting nations who are against genocide, brutal murder, and rape.

Manzoor Hasan, executive director, Center for Peace and Justice of BRAC University, and professor Imtiaz Ahmed, University of Dhaka, co-chaired the discussion. The panelists were Philip Ruddock, Mayor, Hornsby Shire Council, Dr Myint HIa, president of Rohingya Intellectual Community Association of Australia, and Rohingya activist Tun Khin, president, Burmese Rohingya Organization.

Australian politician Philip Ruddock said: “The international community including China and Russia should come together to send them (Rohingya) back to their own land in Rakhine with dignity.”

In December last year, another case accusing Myanmar of genocide and crimes against humanity was filed by leading Rohingya activist Tun Khin in a domestic court of Argentina. This case was filed under the principle of universal jurisdiction, on the basis of which international crimes can be prosecuted outside of the country in which they were committed.

Rohingya activist Tun Khin said: “Until today Rohingya people were not allowed to avail education, healthcare or harvest their own crops. Is it not inhuman? We should establish our rights at any cost.”

Following the panelists, participants from different sectors also expressed their opinions. 

Former Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said: “The Gambia filed the case but who is backing them up? The government is being diplomatic in different ways to control the situation.”

More than 700,000 Rohingya crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district starting August 2017, following a crackdown by the military.