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An outrageous claim

  • Published at 11:46 pm November 25th, 2019
Photo shows a rohingya camp in Cox 's Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

This latest statement is nothing but a ruse on the part of Myanmar

Myanmar’s recent statement from its State Counsellor’s Office, which blamed Bangladesh for its “non-cooperation” and alleged absence of respect towards bilateral instruments for the delayed repatriation of the Rohingya, is as laughable as it is untrue.

It has been over two years since the mass influx of persecuted Rohingya from Rakhine state in Myanmar and, during this time, Bangladesh has gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing shelter to the Rohingya where the rest of the world simply sat back and watched. That much cannot be denied.

What can also not be denied is that it is the lack of cooperation and urgency on the part of Myanmar that continues to stall the repatriation process, not the other way around. Be it through their insincerity with regards to the repatriation process, or their conspicuous secrecy in not allowing international journalists and watchdog groups from investigating the matter on their soil.

Bangladesh has repeatedly stated that it is ready to fulfill its end of responsibilities, but that Myanmar must ensure safe and voluntary return of the Rohingya back to their homeland -- so that they do not go though the same sort of persecution and ethnic cleansing that resulted in their mass exodus to begin with.

Instead, this latest statement -- which is obviously an attempt at propaganda -- is nothing but a ruse on the part of Myanmar to once again avoid its responsibilities and misguide the international community.

However, the recent comments by UN Secretary General António Guterres expressing his concerns, coupled with insurmountable evidence against Myanmar for its treatment of the Rohingya, provides genuine hope that Myanmar’s deceptions will no longer be effective.

Myanmar cannot keep skirting its responsibilities towards its own people, and with pressure from the international community finally building, it cannot do so for much longer.