The two-day international conference organised by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit of Dhaka University ended on Thursday with a solidarity procession and rally in the capital demanding punishment of perpetrators behind genocide against the Rohingyas in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The conference adopted a unanimous statement to protect the Rohingyas from genocide with a call for safe repatriation of the minority community to their homeland Myanmar.
Academics, human rights activists and civil society members in the conference titled ‘Ending the Slow Burning Genocide’ at the Senate building of Dhaka University urged the international community to keep on providing supports for safe and dignified repatriation of the Rohingyas.
‘Bangladesh, hereby resolves that what Rohingyas are facing is a textbook case of genocide where an indigenous community, living in their own ancestral land, is being systematically wiped out by the military, political and religious establishment of Myanmar,’ the statement said.
‘We call upon the world to invoke the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide to protect Rohingyas from this genocide,’ it added.
The statement endorsed the call of the Bangladeshi prime minster Sheikh Hasina that Rohingyas be restored to their land in Myanmar with a clear mandate for the UN to defend Rohingyas and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.
On Thursday academics, human rights activists and civil society members, from across the world, at a post-procession rally reiterated their solidarity to the Rohingyas.
Speaking at the rally at Central Shahid Minar, Major General (retd) Amsa Amin said few fundamentalist Buddhists were instigating the genocide in the Rakhine state and the massacre must be stopped immediately.
Amsa Amin, who has formerly served as Bangladesh ambassador in Russia, Brazil and Jordan, said that the perpetrators of Rohingya killing must be tried at the International Criminal Court.
Dhaka University international relations professor CR Abrar, also RMMRU executive director, said it would not be justified to let the Rohingya issue on the government alone, rather everybody should play his or her role to solve the crisis.
Until Rohingya people are repatriated from Bangladesh, CR Abrar also said, the international committees must take responsibility to take care of the genocide survivors.
The solidarity procession, comprising university students, teachers of different departments, migrants’ rights campaigners and human rights activists started from the front of Shahbagh National Museum and it moved across the Dhaka University campus and ended at Central Shahid Minar.
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