A two-day international conference, titled Rohingya: Politics, Ethnic Cleansing and Uncertainty, began on Dhaka University campus on Saturday.
Department of criminology is organising the conference.
Around 70 papers of participants from six countries are expected to be presented in the event.
DU vice-chancellor Professor Md Akhtaruzzaman inaugurated the programme at the university’s senate building in the afternoon.
‘We need to get united to stand by the Ronhingyas,’ the VC said while delivering his speech.
He also urged the world leaders to help Bangladesh to face the crisis.
He said that the Myanmar government’s response to the initiatives of the Bangladesh government for repatriating Rohingyas was frustrating and it was clear that the Myanmar authorities did not want to take the Rohingyas back.
Referring to a recent statement of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in which she alleged that Bangladesh was prolonging the repatriation process, Akhter said that Suu Kyi was making fun of a serious humanitarian crisis.
DU sociology department Professor Sadeka Halim said that Bangladesh was facing social, economic and political challenges as the Ronhingyas were taking over local jobs and were being politically abused.
Former Chief Justice Md Mozammel Hossain said that he was doubtful about success of the repatriation agreement signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh as Myanmar had the authority to decide whom to take back under the agreement.
‘The repatriation process will be heavily controlled,’ said Mozammel.
University of Hong Kong Associate Professor Kelley Loper presented the keynote paper at the inaugural event, which was presided over by criminology Professor Zia Rahman.
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