Taslima Nasreen demands embargo against Myanmar until it takes back Rohingyas

ANI | Updated: Sep 18, 2017 23:26 IST

New Delhi [India], September 18 (ANI): Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen on Monday attacked Myanmar and said that there should be an embargo against Myanmar until they take Rohingya Muslims back.

"Rohingyas have been living in Myanmar for generations, so how come Myanmar is not listening to anyone including the United Nations (UN). I think there should be an embargo against Myanmar until they take back their people," Taslima Nasreen told ANI.

Talking about India's decision to deport around 40,000 people to Bangladesh Taslima Nasreen said the Indian government's knowledge that a few Rohingyas have links with some terrorist organisation, so it shouldn't compromise with its security.

"India is a great country that sheltered many persecuted people in the past. So, I thought that India would give shelter to the persecuted Rohingyas but Indian government found that a few of the Rohingyas have links with some terrorist organization. So, I do not think this is a good idea to compromise with India's security," Taslima Nasreen told ANI.

But, she also said that if the Rohingyas Muslims are thrown of India where will they go as Myanmar is not ready to take them back.

"I am worried where the Rohingyas would go. They have no state, no home nothing, so where will they go. They can be better people if we try to educate them," said Nasreen.

A well celebrated face in the literary world, Nasreen said that if the Rohingya Muslims are dumped in neighboring countries then it will be easy for the terrorists organisations to radicalize these people.

"400, 000 Rohingyas came to Bangladesh which is a poor country itself. It is asking for financial support from other countries. Bangladesh is not capable of preventing these people from joining terrorist organisations. So, it is not good for Bangladesh as well," the exiled Bangladeshi author said.

Although, she said that there is no other alternative, but to shelter the people who want it.

Taslima Nasreen also said that no country wants to take Rohingya Muslims because they are all "afraid of Muslims" and said that all Muslims are not terrorists.

"People are afraid to give shelter to Muslims. Europeans have been so generous and gave shelter to so many people," she said.

She also said that but if Indian Government feels a threat to the security then it is something they might have to think about.

"I am not against Rohingyas and want India to give them shelter, but if there is security threat then Indian Government must decide what will be the best course," she said, but added that it is important for kind countries like India to come out and help these people.

Earlier in the day, Taslima Nasreen accused Bangladesh of eyeing vote bank in the garb of giving shelter to Rohingyas.

Taking to Twitter, she said, ""Bangladesh offered land to shelter Rohingya. What if these people were Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews but not Muslims? Shelter not for humanity but for votes!" Taslima Nasreen said in her scathing tweet."

Bangladesh, which is facing an unprecedented influx of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, plans to build new settlements to house about 4,00,000 refugees that entered the country over the past three weeks.

The new settlements will be built within the next 10 days on 2,000 acres in the Cox's Bazar district near Bangladesh's border with Myanmar, officials have said.

The authorities plan to construct 14,000 shelters, each with a capacity to hold six families, with the help of international organisations and the Bangladesh military.

The camps in Bangladesh were already overflowing with at least 4,00,000 Rohingya before the current exodus was provoked by Rohingya militants' attacking Myanmar police posts and an army base on August 25.

Earlier in the day, the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on deportation of Rohingya Muslims from India. (ANI)