President M Abdul Hamid has rightly said that since Rohingya genocide and displacement is a global problem it should also be solved by the world community at the earliest to ensure peace and security on Bangladesh Myanmar border. The presence of nearly 10 million Rohingyas on the soil of Bangladesh is not a humanitarian crisis only, it is also a security issue, as already many of the unemployed youths have entered deep inside the country and are getting involved in anti-social activities including, trafficking their own kind. Reports of homicide inside the camps are filtering out and this should be noted with due seriousness by the authorities concerned.
Despite signing some bilateral agreements by the officials of Myanmar regarding repatriation of the Rohingyas, no visible steps have been taken by the government yet to start the process. Therefore, now the only option left for us is to appeal to the world community including the UN to mount pressure on the Myanmar government to make all arrangements for the quick return of the displaced Rohingyas to their own motherland.
What is disconcerting is the news that genocide against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims is still continuing. This has been revealed in a UN report to the Security Council, calling for the issue to be referred to an international tribunal. The leader of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said that beyond mass killings, the conflict included the ostracisation of the population, prevention of births, and widespread displacement in camps. “It is an ongoing genocide,” he told a press conference.
But, Myanmar adamantly has rejected accusations that its military committed atrocities in the crackdown last year that forced 720,000 Rohingya to flee over the border to Bangladesh. The atrocity has also seen about 390 villages destroyed and 10,000 Rohingyas killed. The UN fact finding mission said that the conditions are not in place for a safe, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingyas who are in shelters in Bangladesh.
We hope after the publication of the report, UN and powerful countries would exert the right amount of force on Myanmar to take back their own nationals without further loss of time. They should do it to maintain good neighbourly relations with Bangladesh.