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Time to get tough on Myanmar 

  • Published at 07:42 pm March 30th, 2017
Time to get tough on Myanmar 

It is clear now that Myanmar has no intention of resolving its Rohinya crisis beyond ethnically cleansing Rakhine State of them.

That is their final solution to the Rohingya problem.

Bangladesh cannot simply stand by and allow this abomination to continue.

Apart from the humanitarian atrocity, to do so would be devastating to Bangladesh.

We cannot take in the roughly 2 million Rohingya in Rakhine and import all the problems associated with hosting a displaced, dispossessed, and distressed people.

How long before the Rohinya insurgency movement spills over into Bangladesh and starts to destabilise Chittagong division?

If the humanitarian argument does not move the Bangladesh government, pure self-interest and self-preservation ought to.

Bottom line, if Myanmar is allowed to export its Rohingya problem, it becomes our problem.

Bangladesh has done much in providing aid to countless Rohingyas who have arrived at our doorstep. But this is not a tenable long-term solution.

Bangladesh, already over-populated and riddled with innumerable problems of its own, cannot afford to take care of an entire people.

For a country such as ours, importing such a huge problem is out of the question.

Nor should we be expected to.

As such, the Bangladesh government, in conjunction with the international community, needs to get tough on Myanmar.

We need to let Myanmar know that, unless it respects the basic human rights of its own people, there will be a price to pay.

The most obvious way of doing this would be for other countries to impose strict trade sanctions on Myanmar, with Bangladesh leading the charge.

We cannot and should not sit idly and watch as tragedy unfolds.

This is not just a humanitarian concern for Bangladesh.

Increasingly it is becoming an issue of our own self-preservation.

We need to act before it is too late.

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