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Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh PM demands global action and justice 

Mohiuddin Mahmud, Senior Correspondent  |
Update: 2021-09-23 13:06:14
Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh PM demands global action and justice 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanded intensified global actions with "real urgency" to repatriate Rohingyas as major international powers inaction over the crisis shocked Bangladesh.

Besides, the premier put her weight towards the campaign to expose to justice the people responsible for persecution of the minority Rohingya community for the sake of justice and infusing a sense of confidence among the victim population in returning their home.

She said: "As I repeatedly said they (Rohingyas) are Myanmar nationals and hence, they must go back to their homeland, Myanmar, in safety and dignity."

Sheikh Hasina was addressing a high-level interaction of global stakeholders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York on Tuesday afternoon (Bangladesh Time early today).

She said that the issue was a matter of regional and global security concerns and therefore it needed urgent resolution while "I would like to emphasize that whatever we are doing in Bangladesh is purely on a temporary basis".

The PM said the international community "must do everything possible to make sure the Rohingyas return to their homeland as they themselves also wish to return to their home".  

The premier said since that mass exodus in 2017, at all the successive UNGAs, she placed specific proposals for a sustainable solution to the crisis
while "my government has maintained bilateral engagements with Myanmar".

"At the regional front, we have tried to take on board the major powers, including China and India. We have all along tried to have more active involvement of the ASEAN," Sheikh Hasina said.

"At the multilateral front, we kept the issue on the table by UN resolutions engaging important countries and the UN agencies but sadly our efforts for the hapless, uprooted Myanmar Nationals returning home to Myanmar has not generated any tangible outcome yet," she said.

"Till today, not a single one of them could go back to their homeland," she added.  

Sheikh Hasina said for the last four years, Bangladesh awaited with high hopes that these displaced people could go back to their own homes in their motherland Myanmar in safety, security and dignity, reposing "our trust in the global assembly and community for their repatriation". 

"However, our calls have remained unheeded and our hopes unfulfilled. We are now in the fifth year of the crisis. Yet, we still hold the hope for a durable solution to this crisis," PM Sheikh Hasina added.

BDST: 1306 HRS, SEP 23, 2021

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