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ED: No, the Rohingya crisis is not a bilateral issue

  • Published at 11:49 pm September 30th, 2020
Rohingya
Photo: SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

There has been zero motivation on the part of the authorities concerned in Myanmar

Myanmar’s allegations directed at Bangladesh at the United Nations General Assembly, where it claimed that Bangladesh is harbouring terrorists in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, are not only baseless and laughable, but an attempt on the part of Myanmar to defame Bangladesh’s humanity in sheltering the Rohingya.

Our neighbour to the east talking of the Rohingya issue as a “bilateral problem” has no basis; the Rohingya issue is Myanmar’s problem alone, and has occurred as a result of its inhumane treatment towards them.

By now, it has been well established that Myanmar will do anything it possibly can to avoid responsibility for the Rohingya crisis; it has been three years since the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees landed in Bangladesh, arriving in hundreds of thousands after being forced to flee their homes in Rakhine State due to the brutality of the Myanmar army.

Since then, Bangladesh has made repeated calls to safely expatriate the Rohingya to their homeland, but there has been zero motivation on the part of the authorities concerned in Myanmar to ensure that the Rohingya -- its own citizens -- can return safely and are can enjoy the same rights and dignity afforded to any citizens of a country.

It is about time the world took notice of and paid attention to these underhanded tactics employed by Myanmar, who are stooping to new lows now while continuing their atrocities towards their minorities and turning a blind eye towards repatriation.

We urge the international community to put pressure on Myanmar, to stop the lies and accusations, to stop their brutal treatment of its minorities, and to take responsibility for its past crimes and rectify them, so that the Rohingya can return and live safely in their own homeland.

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