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How have we handled the Rohingya crisis so far?

  • Published at 05:34 am September 8th, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:38 am September 8th, 2017
How have we handled the Rohingya crisis so far?
Afsan Chowdhury, columnist and researcher The current state of Rohingya crisis is nothing but an example of the inefficiency of our diplomacy and political relations of Bangladeshi bureaucrats. It is quite clear that Rohingya population is being brutally tortured because Myanmar needs them to vacate the state for business interests with other countries. Since Myanmar knows these people would only come to Bangladesh and we cannot prevent them from coming, on humanitarian grounds, Myanmar keeps pushing them into our country. The influx began in 1977 and what Bangladesh have done in these 40 years? No plan or steps have been taken. In the latest development, India and China have also joined hands with Myanmar. We have failed to do anything with the international community, and now its too late.     Muhammad Zamir, former ambassador The government should immediately register the Rohingya refugees. This will help us to know the exact number and let us send them back when the time is right. If Myanmar, in the future, denies Bangladesh’s claim of this number of refugees then we will have a documented proof of their identity.     Imtiaz Ahmed, international relations teacher at Dhaka University The influx of Rohingya refugees started in the 70ies and it will continue until Bangladesh becomes more proactive in discussions with Myanmar. The government needs to attend to the humanitarian side of the crisis and highlight the issue with international conferences. The Rohingya’s should be able to speak and be moderated by counties both friendly to Bangladesh and Myanmar. This way the real picture will emerge and this will get support from the international community.         Obaidul Quader, general secretary, Awami League Around 1.5 hundred thousand refugees have already entered Bangladesh and the situation is alarming. The government has informed the United Nations about the country’s concern over the crisis. The foreign office of Bangladesh has also summoned the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka four times to stop the violence on the Rohingya people. We have no capacity to host this large number of refugees. There is also a fear that drugs and arms will enter the country with the refugees. Bangladesh has protested against this push of Rohingya people into the country and strongly demanded the United Nations should immediately help return them to Myanmar.     Nur Khan Liton, human rights campaigner The military crackdown on the Rohingyas’ will continue as long as they are living in Rakhine state. Their army is using ‘terrorism’ as a tool to oppress them, which is actually a state sponsored drive for ethnic cleansing. Business interests might be at the core of this spate of violence. Bangladesh needs to convey the urgency of this crisis to the international community and get the necessary support from them in dealing with the crisis.     Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, senior joint secretary general of BNP BNP wants the government to resolve the Rohingya crisis through diplomacy and force Myanmar to take back the Rohingya refugees. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the crisis during his visit to Myanmar with Aung San Suu Kyi shocked and surprised us all. The United Nations and some Muslim countries have strongly condemned Myanmar but our government has not taken a strong stance against this. Our prime minister said her government is in contact with many countries to put pressure on Myanmar, but no visible steps were taken except the summoning of the Myanmar envoy.
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