Sunday, September 23, 2012

NHRC for talks with Myanmar to end Rohingya crisis

Dhaka, Sunday, September 23 2012

Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof Mizanur Rahman Saturday stressed the need for resolving the longstanding Rohingya refugee crisis through bilateral consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar, reports UNB.

"They (Rohingyas) need to be given shelter on humanitarian ground, but Bangladesh has no capacity to shelter such a large number of refugees…the ongoing Rohingya crisis should be resolved through bilateral consultations," he told a discussion in the city.

The NHRC organised the discussion, titled 'Journey to Solution of Rohingya Refugee Crisis: A National Consultation United Nation High Commission for Refugee' at Dhaka University's Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban.

According to the international convention 1951, Dr Rahman said, Bangladesh has the right to send Rohingyas back to their homeland in the greater interest of the country. "The Myanmar government puts pressure on the Muslim ethnic community to leave Myanmar for political reasons," he told the discussion.

The NHRC chief said Bangladesh has already sent a formal latter to the Myanmar government for resolving the problem, but Myanmar does not give any positive response. "Under the circumstances, international help is needed to resolve the crisis."

"Rohingya issue is damaging the image of the country," he said adding that the Bangladesh government is sincerely trying to work out a solution to the longstanding crisis, which puts pressure on Bangladesh's land day by day.

Information Commissioner Sadeka Halim, DMP commissioner Benazir Ahmed and Prof Dr Kazi Zakir Hossain, among others, spoke at the discussion.

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