Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has saved the face of the global leaders from “ignominy and disgrace” by sheltering the persecuted people of Rakhine province in Myanmar.
“If she wouldn't have given them shelter, it would end up with the gravest and worst genocide of the century since WWII,” he said, urging world leaders to show genuine commitment to human rights values by sending the Rohingyas back to their place of origin with safety and dignity.
Momen was addressing the inaugural session of a seminar titled “Bangladesh and Human Rights” at a hotel in the city.
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo, among others, spoke.
Members of the diplomatic core and civil society were also present.
Momen said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through sheltering these persecuted people has become a "role model of humanity", and a "leader of the world in protecting human rights and values".
“No wonder, the UN members overwhelmingly voted Bangladesh again into its Human Rights Commission,” he mentioned.
On Friday, Bangladesh and India agreed on the need to expedite “safe and sustainable” repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State of Myanmar.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured Bangladesh foreign minister of India's continued support for safe, speedy and sustainable return of the displaced people to Myanmar.
To enhance human rights and to achieve sustainable peace and stability, the foreign minister said, Bangladesh proposes to promote a “culture of peace”, an action agenda that proposes to inculcate a mindset of tolerance and respect for others, irrespective of ethnicity, colour, religion and background.
“If we can do that, we can surely help achieve sustainable peace, stability and human rights for all,” he said.