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Rohingya repatriation must remain relevant

The Rohingya crisis is and has always been a shared global responsibility

Update : 22 Sep 2023, 11:39 PM
To say that the Rohingya crisis has been a painful chapter in our nation's history would be an understatement. Bangladesh has continued to show exceptional compassion by providing refuge to over a million Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, but the burden of hosting this large displaced population should never have been shouldered by Bangladesh alone. 
 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, speaking at the 78th United Nations General Assembly high-level side event “Have they forgotten us?” once again rightfully urged the international community to keep humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya as well as their eventual repatriation at the top of their agenda. Furthermore, we also commend Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen for highlighting efforts by Gambia to bring justice to the Rohingya and his plea to members of the OIC to assist the West African nation.
 
The legal battle waged by Gambia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of the Rohingya is a testament to the nation’s commitment to justice. It is thus logical that OIC members, who have a collective interest in upholding justice for persecuted Muslims, step forward to bear the legal expenses incurred during this crucial case. This act of solidarity will send a powerful message to the world that the OIC stands firmly for the rights of Rohingya refugees.
 
Repatriation remains the most viable solution to this crisis, and it is in the interest of all parties involved. The Rohingya long to return to their homeland, while Bangladesh seeks a sustainable resolution to this humanitarian crisis. This, however, requires substantial international support, both political and financial.
 
The Rohingya crisis is and has always been a shared global responsibility. Bangladesh has done its part by providing shelter and safety. It's high time that the international community steps up.
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