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Rohingya resolution adopted at UN for the first time

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This is the first time that the Rohingya resolution has been adopted unanimously by the UN. The Rohingya resolution was jointly raised by the OIC and the European Union. The resolution lauded the generosity and humanity shown by Bangladesh in providing shelter and humanitarian assistance to the displaced Rohingyas and their inclusion in the national CoVID-19 vaccine program.

This information was given in a notification sent from the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations on Thursday.

Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said the Rohingya resolution was adopted unanimously for the first time at the United Nations, a reflection of the international community’s strong commitment to resolving the crisis.

He was speaking at the adoption of a UN resolution entitled “The Human Rights Situation of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim and Other Minority Communities”.

The resolution also acknowledges the efforts and investments made by the Bangladesh government in relocating a section of Rohingyas from the overcrowded asylum camp in Cox’s Bazar to Bhasanchar and for this purpose in building infrastructure and other facilities here. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Bangladesh and the UN Human Rights Commission in this regard was welcomed.

The resolution focuses primarily on the human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim and other minority communities, and on the context of the state of emergency imposed on February 1, 2021. The resolution called on Myanmar to fully address the root causes of the Rohingya problem, meet the obligations of the bilateral agreement signed with Bangladesh, and fully co-operate with all UN human rights bodies, including the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Myanmar. The resolution calls for a vigilant look at the ongoing judicial and accountability process.

It welcomed the newly appointed UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Myanmar and called for an action plan involving Myanmar. The resolution called for the renewal and effective implementation of the tripartite memorandum of understanding signed between Myanmar, UNHCR and UNDP to create a conducive environment for the repatriation of displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State.

Ambassador Fatima said that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina opened the border of Bangladesh for the displaced Rohingyas in 2017 on humanitarian grounds. But it is deeply regrettable that Myanmar’s failure to create an environment conducive to the self-motivated, safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya has created long-term problems in Bangladesh. As no progress has been made on repatriation, the frustration of the Rohingya is intensifying which is creating various security concerns and instability in the region, said the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh.

Ambassador Fatima added that it is hoped that this year’s resolution will serve as an impetus to take practical steps to ensure a safe and dignified repatriation process for the displaced Rohingya in their homeland Myanmar, which will play a significant role in finding a lasting solution to this problem.

This year’s resolution is co-sponsored by 107 countries, the highest number since 2017. In addition to the European Union and the OIC, the resolution is supported and co-sponsored by a significant number of countries in various geographical regions, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, and South Korea.

Expressing optimism over the unanimously adopted Rohingya resolution, Ambassador Fatima said that the resolution was passed with a strong mandate which would give new hope to the Rohingyas that they are waiting for the way.

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