Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali

International pressure needed on Myanmar for safe return of Rohingyas: Bangladesh envoy to India

ANI | Updated: Nov 14, 2018 14:33 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 13 (ANI): Bangladesh government has reiterated its call for sustaining the international pressure on Myanmar for safe and dignified repatriation of the Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape atrocities.
"A continued and sustained international pressure on Myanmar would be catalyst for a long term solution" to one of the worst humanitarian crisis created by Myanmar forcing Bangladesh to bear its brunt," Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali said on Tuesday, while briefing more than 60 diplomats representing their New Delhi-based missions concurrently accredited to Bangladesh.
The hour-long briefing session was held to update the diplomats about the latest development on Rohingya crisis and to seek support for the OIC and EU resolution entitled "Human Right Situation in Myanmar", that was tabled at the 3rd Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Already 99 countries have co-sponsored the draft resolution which will be considered by the 3rd Committee on November 15.
Last year, a resolution on the "Situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar" was overwhelmingly adopted at the 3rd Committee with 135 countries voting in favour, 10 against and 26 abstaining.
Referring to the influx of over 700,000 Rohingyas since 25 August in 2017 Syed Muazzem said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina let the persecuted men, women and children to enter Bangladesh on humanitarian consideration.
"It is now time for the refugees to return to their homes under a continued and sustainable repatriation programme," he said adding that a permanent solution to the crisis lies in the implementation of the three-point solution proposed by Sheikh Hasina at the last UNGA session.
The envoy said that the essence of the three-point is: Myanmar must end discriminatory laws, policies and practices against minority group; must create a conducive environment through building trust and protection of rights and it must end atrocious crimes against Rohingyas.
The High Commissioner said over 2,000 Rohingya refugees are expected to leave for Myanmar on November 15 in the first batch of voluntary and verified repatriation under a bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar and it is being supervised by UNHCR.
"It is a token repatriation and it will be a test case for Myanmar," he said. (ANI)