Bangladesh worries over Myanmar’s stand on Rohingya refugees

By Zubairu Mohammed, Abuja

Bangladesh High Commission briefs Journalists in Abuja.

The government of Bangladesh has expressed sadness over Myanmar’s approach to the Rohingya’s refugees crisis.

The Government expressed its worries in a statement made available to Journalists in Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, during a Media briefing organised by the High Commission.

Over 1.1 million Rohingya refugees reside in Bangladesh after fleeing widespread government-initiated ethnic violence, deemed as ethnic cleansing by the United Nations, in Myanmar beginning in 2017. Efforts to integrate or repatriate the Rohingya have been stalled due to long-standing impasses between Bangladesh and Myanmar, and refugees have refused to leave fearing for their safety back home. Consequently, hundreds of thousands of individuals remain stateless in rapidly deteriorating conditions.

“It is a matter of dismay to witness persistent campaign by Myanmar’s government to mislead the International Community with fabricated information against Bangladesh government in order to avoid its obligations for the sustained repatriation and reintegration of the forcibly displaced Rohingya in safety and dignity,” the statement from Bangladesh High Commission said.

According to the statement, “Myanmar always portrays Rohingya as illegal-migrants from Bangladesh during the colonial era, and there was a massive influx of Bangladesh to Myanmar during the war of liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, which are baseless.”

Myanmar’s government has accused Bangladesh of mischaracterising Rohingya crisis as religious persecution, ethnic cleansing or genocide.

The government of Bangladesh denied the statement saying “it has consistently been pursuing the policy resolving this protracted problem through dialogue maintaining friendly relations with Myanmar.”

It explained that, Rohinygas are mixed people from various races and cultures of Indian  origin, Bengalis, Arabs, Persians, Afghans and Central Asians, came mostly as agriculturalists, traders, warriors and preachers, mingled with the local people and settled in Arakan.


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