Yanghee arrived in Dhaka in the morning on a four-day tour. She will be visiting Cox’s Bazar for three days from today to interact with Rohingya refugees who came there fleeing their homes in the northern state of Rakhine in Myanmar, following recent military atrocities.
During the meeting, held at State Guest House Padma, the minister apprised her of the measures that Bangladesh had taken vis-à-vis Myanmar refugees, both documented and undocumented, who entered Bangladesh over the years from Rakhine state.
He informed her about the repatriation status of the refugees under an agreement negotiated by him back in 1992, adding that as many as 236,599 Rohingya Muslims had been sent back home under that agreement until it came to a halt in 2005.
The minister highlighted the endeavours to bolster regional connectivity involving Myanmar through BCIM and BIMSTEC
Mahmood Ali said the constant presence of the huge number of Myanmar nationals in Cox’s Bazar has caused a number of adverse impacts on the overall socio-economic, political, demographic, environmental, and humanitarian and security situations in the district and its adjacent areas.
He also informed the envoy about the initiatives Bangladesh took to connect with Myanmar through setting up border liaison offices and introduction of dialogue on security cooperation.
The minister also highlighted the endeavours to bolster regional connectivity involving Myanmar through BCIM and BIMSTEC, thus ensuring sustainable development in the region.
Mahmood Ali emphasised on the peaceful resolution of the longstanding issue of the Rohingya influx, urging the international community to take steps to address its root causes.
Meanwhile, the human rights expert thanked him for allowing her to undertake the visit, with Mahmood assuring her of all sorts of cooperation during her stay in Bangladesh.
Upon completion of the mission, Yanghee will issue a statement on it and share her findings with the UN Human Rights Council, which will go online from March 13.