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All out efforts sought to solve Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 09:17 pm June 30th, 2019
File photo of Rohingya refugees gather as hundreds of them protest against the repatriation at the Unchiprang camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh on Thursday; November 15, 2018 Reuters

'We are yet to see our expected solution in sending the Rohingya people back to their country in a safe, and sound condition'

Alongside the continuing bilateral approaches, Bangladesh needs to make effective use of the international instruments to ensure safe return of Rohingyas to their homeland, rights activists, and security experts have advised.

They made the suggestions at a discussion organized by National Human Right Commission (NHRC) at its conference room in Dhaka on Sunday.

They said, the approach should be taken in a way so that the countries would have a sustainable solution having a long term effect on the problem.  

The activists also asked for possible ways for a solution, even though the host country is continuing multi dimensional diplomatic approaches with the global communities.

NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque who chaired the program said: "We are yet to see our expected solution in sending the Rohingya people back to their country in a safe, and sound condition."

Country representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangladesh Steven Corliss said, among the displaced Rohingyas 55% are children under the age of 18 years. "Around 52% of the total Rohingya population who came to Bangladesh is women, and girls."

The victims are traumatised, and it's very important to protect their dignity throughout the process, he added.

Associate editor of Daily Samakal Ajoy Dashgupta alleged that Bangladesh did not properly study Myanmar's culture and history, which it should have done in a better manner.

Very little discussion was held over solving this problem, in comparison to other ongoing traditional diplomatic approaches.

“We discussed much about Tista water distribution with India. But Rohingya issue is much more of an economic and strategic problem, that we never discussed elaborately with them.”

Security Specialist Maj Gen (Rtd) Jibon Kanti Das said, the uncertain condition is raising questions regarding the quick solution of the crisis. "But we don't want any war. Peace is the best solution."

He termed China as the most important player, as it has a strong influence over this region. The country needs to have a multi probe approach to solve the problem, he added.

UNHCR country representative to Bangladesh Steven Corliss said, it's a situation that Bangladesh needs to confront. "Rohingyas are not living in a very comfortable situation at the camps."

Rohingyas want to return to their country, and we are working to create a suitable environment for them in Rakhine, he added.

In regard to deforestation, the impact of Rohingya influx in Cox's Bazar, the IOM representative present at the program informed that they have taken initiatives to afforest some 2000 acres of land in Cox's Bazar.

NHCR's full time member Nazrul Islam said, continued bilateral diplomatic approaches need to continue. "Bangladesh should table the issue in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in September, to get support from global communities," he added.

Representative from international NGOs, several other right activists, and media personalities were present at the program.