Commonwealth for halting violence in Rakhaine

MNA Exclusive Desk: The Commonwealth called for a halt to all violence, restoration of normality and accountability of the perpetrators for gross violations of human rights in northern Rakhaine state of Myanmar through an independent investigation.

The 53-nation grouping made the call in a joint communiqué‚ adopted unanimously on the concluding day of the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that ended in London on Friday afternoon.

According to the joint communiqué‚ the member states called for sustainable return of all displaced Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh to their rightful homes in Myanmar under UNHCR oversight.

Besides, the leaders of the member states called for creation of necessary conditions for sustainable return in safety, security and dignity.

Praising the role of Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue, the Commonwealth leaders expressed full solidarity with the government and the people of Bangladesh affected by the influx of Rohingyas, the joint communiqué‚ added.

It said the Commonwealth leaders commended Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for providing shelter to the distressed humanity facing an existential threat, reported news agency.