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Bangladesh says Myanmar isn’t tackling Rohingya concerns

MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has also made no demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the Rohingyas and the international community, said Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador in a letter to the UN Security Council.

Bangladesh is urging the UN Security Council to take actions regarding the safe return of Rohingyas to Myanmar, as Myanmar is failing to tackle the concerns of over 1 million Rohingya Muslims who fled the country.

In a letter circulated Tuesday to the council, Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said that, even though his government continues to engage with Myanmar “in good faith” about the repatriation of the Rohingyas, Bangladesh regrets that the necessary conditions for safe and sustainable return do not exist in Myanmar, reported news agency.

Myanmar has also made no demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the Rohingyas and the international community, Momen said in his letter.

The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar denies the Rohingya community citizenship and basic rights, as they are looked upon as Bangladeshi immigrants, even though majority of their families had settled in Myanmar generations ago.

The unfavourable conditions led more than 200,000 to flee Myanmar between 2012 and 2015.

The latest influx of Rohingyas in Bangladesh took place on August 25 last year when Myanmar’s military cracked down on their community after being attacked by Rohingya insurgents.

The move was accused of widespread human rights violations, including rape, murder, torture, and burning of Rohingya homes. Thousands are believed to have died, while 700,000 fled to Bangladesh.

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