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‘Persuade Myanmar to take back Rohingyas within two years’

  • Published at 10:51 pm September 1st, 2018
Rohingya issue Discussion
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Department of Criminology organized the conference with the strategic partnership of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Speakers at an international conference urged authorities to persuade the Myanmar government to implement the agreement with Bangladesh on Rohingya repatriation within two years.

They made the call at a two-day long event titled “Second International Conference on Rohingya: Politics, Ethnic Cleansing and Uncertainty” at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate building at Dhaka University (DU)yesterday.

DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the program while former chief justice Md Mozammel Hossain was the chief guest.

Justice Mozammel said: “A safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation of Rohingyas is a solution to end their plight but it is durable.Though Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to complete a voluntary repatriation in two years,there is no virtual progress.There is no clear sign as to when the process would start.

“The Bangladesh government has always been sympathetic to address the humanitarian crisis faced by Rohingyas. The government from its moral obligation opened the border in August 2017 and provided emergency humanitarian support to this vulnerable population,”Mozammel added.

The former chief justice further said since the government understands the reality of the prolonged repatriation process it has developed a remote island ‘Bhashan Char’ off the southern coast of Bangladesh to relocate some of the refugees from the existing camps in Cox’s Bazar.

“I believe it is the expectation of the world community including Bangladesh that good sense shall prevail over the Myanmar government to implement the repatriation agreement with Bangladesh about the displaced Rohingya community within two years as agreed between our two countries,” Justice Mozammel said.

University of Hong Kong Associate Professor, Kelley Loper,presented the keynote paper titled “The Rohingya, the search for solutions, and the potential of international human rights law”.

Loper said: “The Rohingya are among the most persecuted people in the world today. Despite the urgent humanitarian crisis and ongoing discussions, the international community has thus far failed to achieve a workable, lasting solution.”

“The complexity of the situation, the persistence of serious human rights violations, and the protected displacement of hundreds of thousands of people continue to present seemingly unrecoverable challenges,” she added.

DU VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman said: “We have to stand by the Rohingya people who have been displaced from their lands forcefully and brutally.”

DU Criminology department Chairperson Prof Ziaur Rahman presided over the event.

Department of Criminology organized the conference with the strategic partnership of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Around 50 researchers, academics, lawyers and students from home and abroad are presenting 72 papers in 21 sessions on the Rohingya crisis.

Advocate Vijay Prasad Jayshwal and Puja Neupane, who are from the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal, said Rohingyas must not be turned into a piece of historical paper or piece in archaeological museum while this evidence shall apply an empirical method of research along with a purposive sampling method.

In the afternoon session, researchers and participators discussed“Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh: Crime and security dimensions”“Rohingya crisis and geopolitical concerns”; and “Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh: Health and Environmental Issues”.

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