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The root of the Rohingya problem

  • Published at 01:43 am June 11th, 2018

Bangladesh has gone beyond the call of duty to accommodate the persecuted Rohingya

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-point action plan at the G7 outreach session clearly highlights the steps required to solve the Rohingya crisis. 

Since August of last year, more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to find sanctuary in Bangladesh.

As such, it is a matter of shame that, despite the widespread discrimination and abuse they have faced, there has been little to no justice in this regard, with the Myanmar government yet to own up to their atrocities committed against the Rohingya people. 

Bangladesh has gone beyond the call of duty to accommodate the persecuted Rohingya, providing them everything they need: Food, shelter, and safety.

But this is not a long-term solution.

The world needs to stand up for the rights of the Rohingya people, and be firm against what is undoubtedly the greatest humanitarian crisis of the modern era.

The prime minister’s action plan is a concise directive towards what needs to happen going forward: For Myanmar to implement the agreements made with Bangladesh which would ensure the Rohingya’s voluntary right to return to their homeland, and holding accountable those responsible for their heinous crimes.

As the prime minister has rightfully stated: “The root of the Rohingya problem lies in Myanmar and the solution has to be found in Myanmar.”

Unless and until Myanmar publicly recognizes the systemic discrimination that the Rohingya have faced in their country for decades, any sort of a solution will be out of reach.

And the participants of the G7 Summit, which plays host to some of the most powerful nations with advanced economies, have a responsibility to act.

The first step would be to listen to what our prime minister has to say.