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Bangladesh seeks global support for Rohingya resolution at UN

  • Published at 09:26 pm November 11th, 2019
File photo: Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive aid distributed by local organisations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017 Reuters

The resolution will be tabled at the ongoing session of the UNGA’s Third Committee on November 14 for the third consecutive year

Outgoing Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali on Monday sought international support for a resolution on human rights violation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The resolution, sponsored jointly by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the European Union (EU), is titled “The Situation of Human Rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar,” reports UNB.

It will be tabled for adoption at the ongoing session of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on November 14 for the third consecutive year.

The resolution got overwhelming support from the UN members in past two years, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.

While briefing diplomats on Monday, Muazzem said Bangladesh was hosting over one million forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar for long.

File Photo: Distressed rohngya women and children at a camp in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka TribuneNearly 45 New Delhi-based foreign diplomats, including heads of the mission, who are concurrently accredited to Bangladesh, attended the briefing held at the mission.

The high commissioner said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the border for the Rohingyas during the influx in 2017 out of humanitarian consideration only.

He referred to the four-point proposal placed by the prime minister in the last UNGA session calling for a safe and sustainable return and reintegration of o Rohingyas to Myanmar.

“We believe that on the basis of the four-point plan, a continued and sustained international pressure on Myanmar would be catalyst for a long-term solution,” Muazzem told the diplomats.

Quoting the Hasina’s proposal, he said international community must ensure that the root causes of the Rohingya crisis were addressed and the violation of human rights and other atrocity, crimes committed against Rohingyas were accounted for.

Gambia, on behalf of OIC, also filed a case on Monday at the United Nations' highest court accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Lawyers for Gambia said in a statement that the case also asks the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately."