Rohingya crisis is not only a problem of Bangladesh, but of the world community: Home Minister
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, we gave shelter to the Rohingyas for humanitarian reasons. But day by day they became a source of discomfort for us. The Rohingya crisis is not only a problem of Bangladesh, but a concern for the world community. We signed a memorandum of understanding with Myanmar for the repatriation of Rohingyas. But they haven’t taken anyone back yet. I call on the world community to be vocal in this regard.
He said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion titled ‘Security and stability in Rakhine: Impact on the countries surrounding India’s Pacific metropolis’ at a hotel in Gulshan in the capital on Saturday.
The Home Minister said that in the recent operation by Myanmar in Rakhine, they repeatedly dropped mortar shells inside our border. They violated international law. We are testing patience. Our armed forces are also testing patience. A strong protest has been given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We are looking at the matter state-wise. We urge the international community to take a hard look at their violation of these rules, including the repatriation of the Rohingya.
Bangladesh Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs (BCIPA), an organization organized by the International Relations Department of Jahangirnagar University, organized this discussion. Foreign Secretary Masood bin Momen was the special guest. British High Commissioner Robert Chatterton Dickson appointed in Dhaka, Malaysian High Commissioner Haznah MD Hashim, Japanese Ambassador Ito Naoki, Canadian High Commissioner Lily Nichols, representative of the American Embassy Hykes and others were present as guests of honour.
Besides, former Election Commissioner Brigadier General (Retd.) M Sakhawat Hossain, Director of Dhaka University Center for Genocide Studies Professor Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor of International Relations Department of DU. Delwar Hossain and others.
BCIPA Executive Director Professor Sahab Enam Khan conducted the discussion. Speakers at the event emphasized on a practical and peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.
In the speech of the special guest, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen said, “We have strongly protested about the current situation. But by bringing it forward, we should not forget our main demand, that is, the repatriation of the Rohingya. I believe that the international community will be by our side for that. He wanted strong position of Indo-Pacific countries, especially China.
BCIPA’s Myanmar expert presented the main speech at the event. Naeem Ashfaq Chowdhury. He described the beginnings of the Rohingya crisis and outlined some steps to be taken to resolve it. He said that the international community should come forward to ensure accountability for human rights violations and atrocities in Myanmar. Strong diplomatic activities should be continued on the part of Bangladesh on a regular basis. The issue should be highlighted repeatedly in the international arena. This issue should always be kept alive. Myanmar’s propaganda must be protested. They should be involved in every phase of this. The help of ICJ, OIC and other friendly countries should be taken. Support should be provided to develop Rohingya leadership.
Ambassadors and High Commissioners identified the Rohingya issue as an international issue. Meanwhile, they assured their country Bangladesh of full cooperation on this issue and said that the world community must work together to solve the Rohingya crisis. Otherwise it will turn into a global crisis.