• Friday, Sep 30, 2022
  • Last Update : 09:54 am

Momen to int'l community: No lip service; help repatriate Rohingyas

  • Published at 02:42 pm March 8th, 2021
Web_Rohingyas arrive at Bhashan Char Friday, December 4, 2020
Rohingyas walk into the welcome camp set up in Bhashan Char after arriving there on Friday, December 4, 2020 Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan/Dhaka Tribune

Dr Momen said both trade and investment in Myanmar over the last four years after the genocide have increased three and half times to 15 times which is really shocking

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday called upon the international community to come forward with sincerity instead of giving only lip service and instructions for the early repatriation of Rohingyas.

“I’ve an appeal. It demands leadership of the world. We must do something. We must provide them a future,” he said noting that the majority of 1.1 million Rohingyas living in Bangladesh is female or little girls.

The foreign minister made the appeal while addressing a discussion held at the Foreign Service Academy in the city.

Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) arranged the discussion titled “Women in Diplomacy: How Are We Doing?” marking the International Women’s Day supported by Bangabandhu Research Centre for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen spoke at the event as special guest while DCAB member Israt Zahan Urmi presented the keynote paper.

Secretary (East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mashfee Binte Shams, UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo, Rector of the Foreign Service Academy, Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker, Switzerland Ambassador to Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard, Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh Alexandra Berg von Linde, High Commissioner of Maldives to Bangladesh Shiruzimath Sameer, Director General of Public Diplomacy wing at MoFA Samia Halim, DCAB President Pantho Rahman and its General Secretary AKM Moinuddin spoke.

The foreign minister said this is not a time to do business as usual but the international community must come forward and send the Rohingyas back to Myanmar and reintegrate them in their society in Myanmar.

“I get very upset when I see these people who have no future. They are becoming hopeless and frustrated. They want to go back to Myanmar for a decent living,” he said.  

Dr Momen said it is also time for that country – Myanmar - to get Rohingyas back as the Myanmar government agreed to take them back to give them a decent living and decent future.

The foreign minister said all the people involved in Rohingya issue and the international agencies instead of giving instructions to Bangladesh should be in Rakhine and do their jobs in Rakhine to create a conducive environment there.

He said imposing sanctions on one or two Myanmar generals are not enough as they do their business as usual

Dr Momen said both trade and investment in Myanmar over the last four years after the genocide have increased three and half times to 15 times which is really shocking.

“Fifteen times! Can you believe it! A country that has violated human rights, did ethnic cleansing and can you promote them with trade and business and you talk about human rights?” he said.

The foreign minister said the organization that got peace prize for humanity they should feel ashamed they are not doing enough to repatriate these people, these distress people.

“Whether they are in Kutupalong or Bhasan Char is not important. It’s irrelevant. Relevant thing is they must go back to their homeland and have a decent future and a decent living,” he said.

The foreign minister said if they stay here for long, there is a possibility of the pockets of radicalism or extremism. “Terrorists have no boundary, no borders, and no faith. They’ll create a problem for the whole world. On this International Women’s Day, we should be more sensitive to the Rohingya women,” Dr Momen said.

Secretary (East) Mashfee Binte Shams was honored at the function for her role in promoting Bangladesh through her exceptional leadership in diplomacy. 

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail