Only sanctions from the international community can force Myanmar to bring about the changes needed
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has spoken at the UNGA, and her message in her four-point proposal to put an end to the seemingly never-ending Rohingya crisis is clear: Myanmar must right their wrongs, and the international community must step up to make sure the nation is held to account.
We wholeheartedly agree with the proposal -- if we wish to a successful repatriation process, where repatriation is voluntary, certain conditions need to be met.
Otherwise, we are back to square one.
Such a process cannot take place as long as Myanmar continues to befuddle the issue with lies and deceit, and as long as there is no assurance provided that Rakhine state is safe for the Rohingya to come home.
In addition to this, Myanmar must experience a legal and social upheaval: This would include not only ensuring that laws exist which treat the Rohingya as equal citizens of the country, but also that, perceptually, they are not discriminated against, as they always have been in the past.
But this will not happen out of a vacuum: It seems that, as long as the Myanmar government feels that they can get away with the persecution and the filibustering of the repatriation process, they will continue to do so.
Only sanctions from the international community can force Myanmar to bring about the changes needed.
We hope that the UN pays heed to the PM’s proposal, and takes actions in this regard to ensure that the Rohingya do not have to continue living this way.