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Dhaka Tribune

The Rohingya crisis cannot be allowed to worsen

When is the rest of the world going to wake up to this reality?

Update : 12 Sep 2022, 12:46 AM

The world has reached a point where the Rohingya crisis is now actively giving way to security issues for Bangladesh and indeed other nations within the Indo-pacific region; with fingers unanimously being pointed at the recent violations of the Bangladesh border by military aircraft from Myanmar.

This is what inaction leads to.

Myanmar’s continued persecution of their Rohingya population led to a historic exodus that resulted in over a million refugees currently residing in camps in Bangladesh. While there is no doubt that it is Myanmar’s brutal genocidal campaigns that started all this, inaction from the international community is what keeps Myanmar from being held accountable for its gross violations of human rights.

A broader, bolder role from the international community has been imperative in facilitating the safe and fast repatriation of the Rohingya currently sheltered in Bangladesh, and yet most nations are utterly blind to the suffering of not just the Rohingya but the inordinate toll that sheltering them has been having on Bangladesh’s economy as well.

And with the situation now threatening to devolve into a serious regional security issue, we feel compelled to ask: When is the rest of the world going to wake up to this reality?

A Memorandum of Understanding was previously signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar regarding the safe and secure repatriation of the Rohingya currently in shelter within our borders which Myanmar has yet to uphold. This would be a good place for the international community to finally step in and pressure Myanmar into being held accountable.

It has been far too long since the Rohingya were violently displaced by the atrocities committed against them in Rakhine and it is time that they were allowed to return to their homeland. And now, as the situation threatens to become a lot worse not just for Bangladesh but for the wider region, there is no other recourse left but for other nations to do what’s right.

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