JS panel seeks more engagement of global community on Rohingya refugees

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:17, Feb 09,2017


The parliamentary standing committee on ministry of foreign affairs on Thursday emphasised on continuous diplomatic efforts and increased engagement of international community to take back Rohingyas by Myanmar.

The watchdog at a meeting at Jatiya Sangsad terming Rohingya crisis as one of the important challenge for the nation, also emphasised on keeping friendly bilateral relations with Myanmar.

Persecuted Rohingyas had been sneaking into Bangladesh fleeing military crackdown on the religious minority group in Rakhine state of Myanmar since early days of October, 2016.

About 67,000 Rohingyas sneaked into Bangladesh and it had pushed back at least 5,300 them to their home country since last October 8, foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and home minister Asaduzzaman Khan informed parliament on January 31.

Undocumented Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh fleeing persecution of the ethnic minority group in Myanmar since 1978.

The problem turned acute after the influx of Rohingyas in 1991-92 and 2012.

And Fresh military crackdown since first week of October, 2015 once again worsens the scenario and Rohingya Muslims started entering Bangladesh fleeing Rakhine state.

Currently, 33,000 Rohingyas are registered in the two official refugee camps said foreign minister adding the over three lakh unregistered Rohingya refugees were living in Bangladesh.

Repatriation of Myanmar refugees did not take place since 2005 due to unwillingness to take back them from Bangladesh, he said.

Parliamentary standing committee chairman Dipu Moni after the meeting told New Age that, ‘Rohingya issue is humanitarian crisis and it is one of the important challenge for foreign policy of our country.’

‘The ministry had informed the standing committee about its steps to repatriation Rohingyas. We supported the steps.’ she added.

‘We want a peaceful relation with Myanmar’, she said.

‘Detailed discussions is needed as international communities including UN and OIC had recognised as Rohingya crisis is humanitarian crisis’, she added.

‘Recently 67,000 Myanmar citizen entered Bangladesh,’ said Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali while replying a question of ruling lawmaker Pinu Khan.

Rohingyas, an ethnic Muslim minority group in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, are recognised by international rights groups as one of the most persecuted groups in the history having no citizenship in their homeland.

Undocumented Myanmar people are living in the reserved forests, khas lands, sea beach and personal lands and were mainly working as agriculture labour, fishing worker and rickshaw-pullers in Bangladesh.

They are destroying environment making house here and there and deteriorating law and order by engaging in crimes, said people carrying out a census of undocumented Myanmar people in Bangladesh.

Foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, state minsiter for foregn affairs Shahriar Alam, committee members Faruk Khan, Soharab Uddin, Razi Mohammad Fakhrul and Selim Uddin attended the meeting.

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