Rohingya return

Momen urges UNHRC to engage with Myanmar

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:37, Feb 27,2021


AK Abdul Momen

Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Friday urged UN Human Rights Council and international community to constructively engage with Myanmar for early commencement of Rohingya repatriation to their homeland in Rakhine.

‘Rohingyas are Myanmar nationals and they must return to Myanmar,’ he said.

The foreign minister stated this in a video statement delivered at the high-level segment of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

He said that Bangladesh continues to provide temporary shelter to the persecuted Rohingyas from its commitment to human rights.

He underscored the need to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the advisory commission on the Rakhine State, ensure accountability and justice and more importantly, creation of a conducive environment in Myanmar.

‘Human Rights Council should emerge as a bastion to defend human rights following the principles of universality, impartiality and non-selectivity,’ he said.

The foreign minister mentioned that the vision of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman continues to inspire Bangladesh to promote and protect the human rights of all.

The country, under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, remains fully committed to the rule of law, justice, and gender equality, freedom of expression and the rights of all including minorities, women, children, persons with disabilities, he continued.

Highlighting the adverse impact of climate change on human rights, the foreign minister emphasised on ensuring climate justice for the victims of climate change. At the same time, he restated Bangladesh’s call to create a new special rapporteur on climate change.

The 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council commenced in Geneva on February 22, 2021. This session will continue till March 23, 2021.

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