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Biden administration will help ensure justice, Rohingyas hope

  • Published at 04:02 pm November 22nd, 2020
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File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

ARSPH, a Rohingya pressure group, put forward nine-point recommendations including sanctions against Myanmar and repatriation

The Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are hoping that the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States will be helpful in ensuring justice for the victims of the most heinous of international crimes, including genocide.

Expressing the optimism, the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), a Rohingya pressure group based in Cox's Bazar, said that since the US is "tremendously influential," it is crucial for the upcoming Biden administration would make sure that the persecuted community enjoys equality and gets justice, according to a statement issued by the organization on Sunday.

Mohammed Nowkhim, the spokesperson of ARSPH, confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune about the issuance of the statement and its contents over phone from Cox's Bazar.      

"It is of grave importance that the United States recognises the dire need for urgent action in the face of a slow and inadequate response from the International Community," said the statement titled "Congratulations to president elect Biden and vice president elect Harris, from the world's largest refugee camp - and some requests."

"As we have expressed in our prior interaction with the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Congressional Offices on 8 October 2020, there is no time to lose for us. It is a matter of life and death for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Refugees when it comes to policy considerations relating to actionable responses from The United States," it said.

Among the organization's nine-point recommendations made to the upcoming US government, the first one is to impose sanctions on the whole Myanmar government, in addition to individual members of the Tatmadaw (the Myanmar military).

ARSPH want the US State Department to issue a determination that Myanmar committed genocide.

"We welcome the introduction of the Rohingya Genocide Determination Act, which would require the State Department to make such a determination, and ask that it be passed as soon as possible," said the statement.

ARSPH made an urgent appeal for the repatriation with "dignity, safety, security and Rohingya nationality."

The US has been requested to find a way to support accountability mechanisms, as other countries such as the Gambia, Maldives, Canada and the Netherlands have done and to track companies that have business interests in Myanmar and prevent them from providing tacit financial support to the genocide.

ARSPH also called for putting adequate pressure on Myanmar to close IDPs, stop hate speech and release the Rohingya detainees from jail who have been falsely accused.

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