Bangladesh’s leader says the crisis involving Muslim Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar is now “going beyond the camps” where they are staying and “becoming a regional threat.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says the international community must “understand the untenability of the situation”.
Bangladesh’s leader appealed to UN member states Friday to ensure that those in Myanmar who are committing human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims are held accountable.
Hasina delivered the statement in Bangla and submitted a four-point proposal to solve the Rohingya crisis and speed up the repatriation process of the persecuted people.
The proposal includes repealing the 1982 Citizenship Act of Myanmar which disqualified Rohingya as citizens of the country so that they feel confident to return home.
Hasina also proposed that the authorities in Myanmar arrange a tour for representatives of the Rohingya to Rakhine state so they can assess whether they would agree to return.
She said without the presence of international representatives, the Rohingya would be afraid to accompany the Myanmar authorities out of fear for their safety.
She says Bangladesh will continue to work with Myanmar to encourage repatriation of the Rohingya. She has proposed at the UN this week a resolution ensuring that Myanmar and the international community must ensure the safety of any Rohingya returnees.
The premier says the voluntary return of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state “in safety, security and dignity” is the only solution to the problem.