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Japan backs early repatriation of Rohingyas

  • Published at 08:15 pm November 26th, 2019
File Photo: Rohingya men and women migrating to different camps in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

It expects Myanmar to take appropriate steps over alleged rights violations

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito has reiterated Japan’s support for early repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine state with conducive environment in place saying the international community needs to support the process.

“Bangladesh, UN agencies and other international organizations and donor agencies are working very closely to provide humanitarian support to those displaced people,” he said on Tuesday, reports UNB.

The Japanese envoy made the remarks while addressing as the chief guest at a function jointly organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Rotary International District 3281 Bangladesh at BIISS auditorium.

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito addresses as the chief guest at a function jointly organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Rotary International District 3281 Bangladesh at BIISS auditorium in dhaka on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | UNB

Former Chief of General Staff, Bangladesh Army Lt Gen (retd) Md Mainul Islam made a presentation on “United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.”

Dhaka University’s International Relations Department Prof Imtiaz Ahmed made a separate presentation on “Bangladesh and World peace” at the commemorative seminar on “International Day of Peace 2019” and launching of a book titled “Bangladesh in International Peacebuilding: Discourses from Japan and Beyond.”

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BIISS Director General Maj Gen AKM Abdur Rahman, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Monirul Islam, past President of Rotary Club of Ramna Air Cdre (Retd) Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury and District Governor RI District 3281 Bangladesh M Khairul Alam, spoke at the event, among others.

Referring to Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s remarks at the recently held East Asia Summit (EAS), Ambassador Ito said the international community should continue to support the early repatriation of displaced persons, along with continuing its support to Bangladesh.

“He (Prime Minister Abe) also expressed his expectation that the Myanmar government and military authorities will take appropriate measures regarding alleged human rights violations,” said the Japanese ambassador.

File photo of Rohingya women and children in a camp in Cox Bazar | Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune

Myanmar authorities created Rohigya crisis

While talking to reporters after another event in a city hotel, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said the Rohingya crisis is created by Myanmar and they will have to solve it.

He said Rohingyas do not trust Myanmar authorities and they need to talk to Rohingyas and remove the trust-deficit.

The foreign minister said Bangladesh is ready to send Rohingyas back and brushed aside Myanmar’s propaganda.

Rejecting baseless accusation, falsification and misrepresentation of the facts over the Rohingya repatriation, Bangladesh on Sunday said the government of Myanmar must stop such concocted campaign.

Myanmar urged to fulfill its obligations 

Bangladesh urged Myanmar to concentrate on the fulfillment of its obligations so that the forcibly displaced Rohingyas could return home in a "safe, dignified and voluntary" manner.

Prof Imtiaz said the Rohingya population in Bangladesh is bigger than Bhutan’s total population which happened within just three months.

He described how Bangladesh contributed to world peace, including showing generosity towards Rohingyas.

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Cox’s Bazar since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown on Rohingyas in Rakhine state.

Not a single Rohingya was repatriated over the last two years due to Myanmar’s “failure” to build confidence among Rohingyas and lack of conducive environment in Rakhine State, officials here said.

Bangladesh has so far handed over names of over 100,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities for verification and subsequently expediting their repatriation efforts but Myanmar is yet to take back its nationals from Bangladesh, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.