New Delhi, Sep 12: Bangladesh has urged India to convince Myanmar to stop violence against Rohingya Muslim immigrants and proposed an action plan to tackle the crisis for the safe return of the minority. Bangladesh high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali on Monday said that India must emphasize that conditions must be created for a safe return of the Rohingya refugees. “India can call for the immediate implementation of the Kofi Annan report,” he said, reported TOI.
Syed Muazzem Ali said that both the countries are members of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), and have good relations with each other.
Expressing concerns over India’s stand on the Rohingya crisis during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar, Muazzem Ali said that he had explained to the foreign secretary that Bangladesh has “no hesitation in decrying the terrorist attack that was launched against the security forces of Myanmar”. He condemned the attack saying B’desh PM would show zero tolerance to acts of terrorism.
The Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali on Monday proposed a plan to tackle the Rohingya crisis. Hassan Ali said that to stop the violence against Rohingyas and to deal with the issue, India should ask Myanmar to end the violence in the Rakhine province and make safe zones for the civilians “irrespective of ethnicity and religion”.
“Myanmar must engage with Bangladesh to ensure repatriation of all of its nationals living in Bangladesh through international joint verification as also proposed by the Kofi Annan Commission,” the B’desh envoy was quoted as saying by TOI.
The United Nations Human Rights Commission on Monday alleged human rights violations in the country. Updating the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries, High Commissioner of UNHRC Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said, “I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country. Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation.”
“The Myanmar government should stop pretending that the Rohingyas are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages. Another brutal security operation is underway in Rakhine state this time, apparently on a far greater scale,” he said.
Saying that India cannot send the Rohingyas back to a place where they were facing violence, Al Hussein said, “India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations,” he said.