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Bangladesh warns that the Rohingya crisis “is becoming a regional threat”

September 28, 2019

MADRID, Sep 28 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, said Friday that the situation arising from the Rohingya crisis is “unsustainable” and has warned that “it is becoming a regional threat.”

“It is unfortunate that I have to raise again before this august body that the Rohingya crisis remains unresolved,” he lamented, in the framework of his address to the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Thus, he recalled that Bangladesh “continues to host 1.1 million Rohingyas who were forced to leave Burma because of the atrocities committed against them” and said that, three years later, “not one has been able to return to Burma due to the absence of security, freedom of movement and an adequate environment in the state of Rajine.

“I would ask the international community to understand the unsustainability of the situation. The crisis is now going beyond the (refugee) camps,” said Hasina, who has stressed that “the increase in congestion and environmental degradation is putting endangered health and safety in the area. ”

“We are bearing the burden of a crisis caused by Burma. It is a matter only between Burma and its people, the Rohignyas. They must resolve it,” argued the Bangladeshi Prime Minister.

In this regard, he has argued that “the voluntary return of the Rohingyas to their homes in the state of Rajine in a safe and dignified manner is the only solution to the crisis,” before ensuring that Dhaka “will continue to interact with Burma to ensure that make the repatriation of the rohignyas a reality “.

For all these reasons, Hasina has stressed that “Burma must manifest a clear political will supported by concrete actions for a sustainable return and a reintegration of Rohingyas in Burma.”

“Burma must build confidence among Rohingyas by discarding discriminatory laws and practices and allowing a visit to Rajine to Rohingya representatives to analyze the situation,” he added, while pointing out that “Burma must ensure the safety of Rohingya by deploying observers. civilians of the international community in the state of Rajine. ”

Finally, he said that “the international community must ensure that the initial causes of the Rohingya problem are addressed and that there is accountability for human rights violations and other atrocities committed against Rohingyas.”

A previous investigation in 2017 exonerated the military from any responsibility, but international pressure on Burmese leaders has been increasing since the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary investigation whose results are pending publication.

The Rohingyas, a Muslim minority to which Burmese authorities do not recognize citizenship, were subjected to a repression campaign as of August 2017 in response to attacks by a separatist group, which led to the exodus of more than 700,000 from them to neighboring Bangladesh, adding to previous waves of displaced people.