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The world needs to step up

  • Published at 10:55 pm June 13th, 2019
Photo: MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU
Photo: MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

Myanmar has continued to delay this process through lies and deceit

It bears repeating: Bangladesh’s role in providing food, aid, and shelter to the Rohingya has been a commendable one, one that has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure that the most persecuted minority in the world is treated with humanity.

But at the end of the day, we are bound by a lack of resources and the ability to exert enough pressure on Myanmar, both of which the international community can provide. 

The world community had stood by and watched for too long as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya were driven out of their homes through the most heinous of acts, from rape and murder to arson. 

Thankfully, the tides are turning, and most foreign powers have been able to recognize the growing injustice that the Rohingya have suffered, with Myanmar continuing to blatantly lie regarding the extent to which the Rohingya population has been subjected to brutal ethnic cleansing operations. 

It has been almost two years since the latest Rohingya exodus of August 2017, and with more than a million Rohingya living in refugee camps within Bangladeshi borders, it is high time that Myanmar feels the pressure to start the process to repatriate the Rohingya. 

But Myanmar has continued to delay this process through lies and deceit: From lying about Bangladesh’s lack of cooperation to refusing to allow the media into Rakhine to refusing to showcase the true conditions of the villages in Rakhine, Myanmar’s so-called participation in ensuring the Rohingya’s right to return has been disingenuous at best. 

As such, we hope that the diplomats pay heed to the foreign minister’s request to continue to mount pressure on Myanmar so that this humanitarian disaster can come to an end.