Some ignoring atrocities by Myanmar for business: experts

Diplomatic Correspondent   | Published: 00:33, Nov 27,2019


Some sections of the international community are engaging with Myanmar for doing business ignoring the atrocities committed against minority communities in the country, experts said in Dhaka on Tuesday.

‘Some of the international communities are communicating with Myanmar ignoring the atrocities,’ Professor Imtiaz Ahmed of the department of international relations at the University of Dhaka said at a seminar.

It is important to maintain surveillance on Myanmar, a country busy ‘producing and reproducing narco-terrorism’ that they love to use, he said, adding, ‘It is also important to look into who are investing there.’

He said this at a seminar organised by the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies and the Rotary International District 3281 Bangladesh commemorating the International Peace Day at the BIISS auditorium.

The Rohingya people have become victim of atrocities created by a nexus of political and religious authorities in Myanmar, Imtiaz added.

Japanese ambassador in Dhaka Naoki Ito said that his country would support early repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people to their places of origin in a conducive environment in Rakhine state.

Mentioning Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s recent remarks in the East Asia Summit, the ambassador observed that the international community should continue to support early repatriation of the displaced persons from Bangladesh.

‘He (Japan PM) also expressed his expectation that the Myanmar government and military authorities would take appropriate measures regarding alleged human rights violations,’ he added.

High inequality, erosion of democratic culture, failure in establishing inclusive political arrangements and fair sharing of resources and absence of peaceful transition of power were reasons for absence of peace in many countries, some experts said without mentioning any name.

Dhaka University professors Mahbub Ullah and Rashed Uz Zaman, retired diplomat Ziaus Shams Chowdhury, retired senior defence officer Mainul Islam, BIISS director general Major General AKM Abdur Rahman, Dhaka Metropolitan Police additional commissioner and chief of Counterterrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Monirul Islam and Rotary Club 3281 district government M Khairul Alam spoke at the seminar moderated by former Rotary Club of Ramna president Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury.

A book titled ‘Bangladesh in International Peace Building: Discourses from Japan and beyond’ was also launched at the function.

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