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'The government should also protect the interests of locals in Teknaf, Ukhiya'

  • Published at 12:03 am October 27th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:37 am October 27th, 2017
'The government should also protect the interests of locals in Teknaf, Ukhiya'
Experts on Thursday said that the government should also remember to uphold the rights of the residents in Ukhiya and Teknaf amid the Rohingya refugee crisis mitigation in that area. Speaking at a discussion– Rohingya Crisis: Call for Action –  organised by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) said: “While the government is doing the best they can with their humanitarian efforts, they should also remember to uphold the human rights of the local people in that area.” She said, the government needs to think about education and security in the areas as many of the makeshift camps are in the schools or nearby schools, leaving students without a place to get an education. The attendance rate at the areas has dropped to as much as much 50%. The chair of the program, NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Haque said the implementation of the five point recommendation from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and recommendation from The Advisory Commission on Rakhine State is the only solution to Rohingya repatriation. Bilateral efforts alone cannot make this happen and needs the help of the international community. He also said the oppression by Myanmar fullfill all criterias of genocide and they should be taken to the International Court of Justice. Director General (UN) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sadia Faizunnesa said Myanmar is a difficult nation to have traditional diplomacy with. Bangladesh needs to have more communication with ASEAN and South Asian countries. The government believes that repatriating Rohingyas is the only solution and is actively working towards it. She added that the government will press the issue during the next Asia-Europe (ASEM) meeting. Maj Gen (Retd) Anup Kumar Chakma, former Bangladesh ambassador to Myanmar said repatriation will not fix the problem unless the Rohingyas are granted full citizenship in Myanmar.