Dhaka, 22 Sept 2017: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the United Nations and the international community to take immediate and effective measures in order to bring a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis.
The Premier laid down her proposal while addressing the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on Thursday evening at New York local time (Bangladesh time Friday morning).
She pitched a 5-point proposal for the permanent solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis at the UN assembly. Those are:
1. Myanmar must unconditionally stop the violence and ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state immediately and permanently.
2. Sending an investigative team of the United Nations Secretary General to Myanmar immediately.
3. Ensuring safety for all the citizens, irrespective of race and religion, and building a security zone in Myanmar under the supervision of UN.
4. Make sure the safe return and rehabilitation of all Rohingyas, who were forced to drive out from Rakhine state, safely and securely with dignity.
5. Unconditional implementation of the Kofi Annan Commission recommendations.
While addressing her speech in Bengali, she said it was the 14th time she was addressing the UN General Assembly, but this time she arrived with a heavy heart just after seeing the “hungry, distressed and hopeless Rohingyas” who took shelter in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in their country.
“Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from the Rakhine State are entering Bangladesh to escape violence. IOM estimated that in last three weeks over 430,000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh,” she said.
They are escaping from ‘ethnic cleansing’ in their own country where they have been living for centuries, she said. She also added that Bangladesh is currently sheltering over 800,000 Rohingyas.
Hasina mentioned that she could feel the pain of Rohingya refugees as she and her younger sister, had been refugees for six years after her father, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and almost all members of her family were assassinated in 1975.
About terrorism and violent extremism, she said Bangladesh also condemns all kinds of terrorism and violent extremism and the government maintains ‘zero tolerance’ policy to this regard.
Hasina said terrorism and violent extremism have become a major threat to peace, stability and development. ‘Terrorists have no religion, belief or race.’
Having been a target of a number of terrorist attacks, Hasina said she personally empathises with the victims of terrorism and feels their need for protection.