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Bilateral, global action to solve Rohingya crisis

MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh has said not only bilateral, but the international community’s urgent action is needed for the permanent solution to Rohingya crisis.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen made the remark at an event titled ‘Strengthening of the Coordination of Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance of the United Nations, including Special Economic Assistance’ held at General Assembly, UN Headquarter in New York, said the Bangladesh Mission on Monday.

Mentioning Bangladesh government’s continued engagement with the Myanmar authorities in good faith, the Ambassador said, ‘We stress that Bangladesh can bilaterally address only perhaps the issue of the possible voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya to Myanmar, but all related larger questions and issues would have to be addressed by Myanmar with the international community’s continued support and monitoring on behalf of the Rohingya’.

He urged the donor countries and organisations to respond to the pressing and increasing needs for resources identified by the concerned humanitarian actors, in the spirit of responsibility and burden sharing.

however, the international response to the Rohingya crisis has been high on emotion, but depressingly low on action. As the Myanmar military began its latest “clearance operations” against the long-oppressed Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August – pillaging villages, burning crops, and shooting civilians on sight – global media responded in admirable fashion. Within days, witness accounts and heart-wrenching photographs were relayed around the world.

But any hope that elevating the Rohingya’s plight into the public consciousness would lead to decisive action soon faded. By early September, as the death toll and the number of displaced persons rose, it became clear that the only reaction the international community could muster was condemnation – yet again, a damning indictment of our global institutional architecture.

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