Bangladesh condemns Myanmar forces brutal crackdown on Rohingya

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More

Foreign ministry of Bangladesh released an statement called on the international community on Monday to address Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

bangladeshForeign minister said tens of thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its mainly Buddhist neighbor.

While speaking with Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, who is in Dhaka in a three-day visit, A. H. Mahmood Ali said a peaceful resolution must be found, a foreign ministry statement said.

The foreign minister also described efforts by Dhaka to engage with Myanmar bilaterally was failed due to the Myanmar governments ignorance Bangladesh government initiated a process to establishing border liaison offices and talks on security cooperation, the statement said.

Special UN envoy Lee is visiting the Cox’s Bazar area on the border with Myanmar, where the Bangladeshi minister said the influx of Rohingya was having an adverse impact on the local population and undermining security.

Over 70,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a brutal crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on Oct. 9 that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants.

There are already 200,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh, many living in official and makeshift camps, straining resources in one of Asia’s poorest regions.

Muslim community typically named Rohingya have faced discrimination in Myanmar for generations. They are not classified as a distinct group under Myanmar’s citizenship laws and are regarded instead as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, entitled only to limited rights.

The authorities in Dhaka meanwhile say they are Myanmar nationals and must ultimately go back.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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