Visit Russia, China, India over Rohinga issue, BNP urges PM again

29 Sep,2017

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir once again urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit Russia, China and India to pursue them to play a positive role in resolving the Rohingya crisis.


“China, Russia and India have taken position in favour of Myanmar. We’ve long been asking the Prime Minister to visit those countries to convince them saying that Rohingya problem has become a critical and humanitarian crisis for us. She should now visit those countries,” he said.


Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We call upon the global leaders to come forward without buying further time to force Myanmar to stop genocide and take back its citizens.”


Zia Sangskritik Sangstha arranged the programme at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh, marking its 25th founding anniversary.


Fakhrul, who recently visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, could not hold back tears while narrating the sufferings the refugees have been going through there. 


“Their sufferings are unimaginable. There is no roof on their heads. I’ve seen a mother covering her newborn baby with a small piece of plastic to save it from rain.”


He said though Myanmar is trying to eliminate an ethnic group, Bangladesh government is not raising its strong voice against it. “The government is yet to accuse Myanmar of carrying out genocide. It also still didn’t condemn the brutal activities of Myanmar.”


The BNP leader also criticised China and Russia for not playing their due role in resolving the Rohingya problem. “We’re living in a world where there is no value of humanity. Power and economic interests are now greater than humanity. What is the reason behind supporting Myanmar by the countries like China and Russia?


He also questioned why India which has good reputation for protecting democracy and human rights stood beside Myanmar. “They’re sending relief. It’s like to rob Peter, to pay Paul.”


 Fakhrul urged the influential countries to take steps for stopping genocide against Rohingyas and force Myanmar to take back its citizens.


He also urged the government to recognise those entered Bangladesh from Myanmar in the face of persecution as refugees and intensify its diplomatic efforts to repatriate them ensuring their dignity and citizenship.


The BNP leader said though common people, foreign countries and agencies are providing relief for the Rohingyas, the government and the ruling party has no relief efforts for them.


He renewed his party’s call for forging a national unity to face the Rohingya crisis.


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