Researchers, politicians, diplomats, rights activists on Thursday stressed on continuing to mount pressure on Myanmar to bring back the Rohingyas those took refuge in Bangladesh following persecuting on them.
They came up with the call at a roundtable titled ‘Rohingya Crisis: Current Situation and Future Plans’ organised by civil society platform ‘Sushashoner Jonno Nagari-Sujan’ at National Press Club in Dhaka.
Former cabinet secretary and Sujan executive member Ali Imam Majumder read out the written statement at the roundtable while human rights activist Hameeda Hossain, former adviser to caretaker government and Sujon president Hafiz Uddin Khan, writer and researcher Syed Abul Maksud, former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury, former ambassador Munshi Foyez Ahmed, Nagarik Samaj convener Bahauddin Chowdhury, researcher CR Abrar, Sujon central secretary Badiul Alam Majumder, addressed it, among others.
Badiul Alam Majumder said Rohingya persecution bore all traits of calling it genocide. There should be 10 conditions to define genocide, he said adding Rohingya massacre has fulfilled all these conditions.
Ali Imam Majumder said the Rohingya issue has posed a great problem and it could take a serious turn in the coming days.
‘It will be very difficult to cope up with the pressure of around 10 lakh Rohingya people who have been forced to enter Bangladesh,’ he said adding the Rohingya crisis can cause a major security concern in future and it could be very difficult to keep the movement of the large number of homeless and stateless population limited in fixed areas.
Imam Majumder said Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi remarked that her government will bring back Rohingya people.
‘But even after her such speech, over one lakh Rohingya people have taken refuge in Bangladesh and the total number exceeded five lakh,’ he said.
Hameeda Hossain underscored the need for working on the report of the Kofi Anan Commission.
She called for coordinated efforts from government and non-government organisations and others over the Rohingya crisis.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Country