Myanmar must take back every Rohingya who has entered Bangladesh and who are coming in now: Hasina

As it emerges Myanmar’s Ms Suu Kyi will miss next week’s UN General Assembly debate amid Rohinya crisis.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Buddhist-majority Myanmar to bring the Rohingya Muslims back, while the country’s parliament passed a motion on Monday night urging the UN and other countries to pressure Myanmar for their safety and citizenship.

“Myanmar must take back every Rohingya who has entered Bangladesh and who are coming in now,” she told lawmakers late Monday. “We can cooperate to rehabilitate them in their country,” she added.

Hasina criticised Myanmar’s authorities for the recent violence against the Rohingyas, which she said had reached a level beyond description. “We don’t understand why successive Myanmar regimes carried out such atrocities on a particular community when the country is comprised of different groups,” she said, noting that Bangladesh had long been protesting the persecution of Rohingya.

Regardless, “they are sending Rohingya to Bangladesh afresh,” she said. “Women are being raped and tortured, children are being killed, and houses are being set on fire in Rakhine area,” she added.

According to a message posted Monday on his Facebook account, Bangladesh’s junior Foreign Minister Mohammed Shahriar Alam said the Bangladesh government had allocated 2,000 acres near the existing camp of Kutupalong “to build temporary shelters for the Rohingya newcomers.

Bangladesh’s official human rights watchdog said the atrocities by Myanmar authorities against Rohingya must be prosecuted.

“This genocide needs to be tried at international court,” National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque told a news conference in Cox’s Bazar.

“The killing, arson, torture and rape by the Myanmar’s military and border guards is unprecedented,” he said.

He further said that stronger action was needed from the international community, including the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

He also called on China and India to play a larger role in mitigating the crisis. Both countries have vast present and future economic interests in Myanmar particularly the multi-billion dollars China-sponsored Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor. Additionally, several Western firms are engaged in oil and gas exploration in Rakhine state and on the Myanmar offshore at the Bay of Bengal.

Other things being equal, Rohingyas are stateless– they are considered “illegal” in Myanmar.

Much of the Burmese population agrees with the official view that they are not citizens of Myanmar, but illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though many Rohingya families have been in the country for generations.

Inside Rakhine State, the local Buddhist population are even more hostile. Conflict between them and the Rohingya – who they refer to as Bengalis – goes back many decades.

“On the issue of the Rohingya, Aung San Suu Kyi must tread carefully. There is little public sympathy for the Rohingya,” wrote BBC.

The military retains control of three vital ministries – home affairs, defense and border affairs. That means it also controls the police.

Rohingya militants’ recent reaction has been dubbed “acts of terrorism.”

Ms. Suu Kyi has defended her government’s actions as a legitimate response to “terrorism.” As it emerges Ms Suu Kyi will miss next week’s UN General Assembly debate amid Rohinya crisis.


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