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12:00 AM, July 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 06, 2018

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Rohingya crisis: What's the solution?

Bangladesh is under the global spotlight because it is hosting Rohingyas who fled army oppression in Myanmar. Bangladesh has given shelter to around 1,000,000 Rohingyas and more are still coming to Bangladesh. They are staying at different camps in Cox's Bazar, a predominant tourist spot, where they are surviving by cutting firewood to use for cooking and to sell. Problems such as deforestation and landslides in the area are inevitable.

Bangladesh is not equipped to support the refugees for a long time. While representatives of various powerful nations and organisations are coming to  Bangladesh to see the condition of the Rohingyas, they empathise with their plight and praise Bangladesh but haven't yet taken any significant steps against Myanmar. Why are the powerful countries of the world silent? What is the solution of this crisis?

Sayek Ahmed Sajib

Narayankul Dream Model School and College, Gazipur

 

Myanmar must be referred to the ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC), based in the Hague, has sought to know Bangladesh's opinion by June 11 as to whether Myanmar can be responsible for atrocities held in Rakhine state. International human rights bodies have already blamed Min Aung Hlang, Myanmar State Army Chief, as the prime planner and perpetrator of the offences in Rakhine, called out by the global media as “ethinic cleansing”. He stands blame for inciting the military junta and radical Buddhists and also spread racist propaganda against Rohingyas, terming them 'Bengalis'. He is the man who has been denying the citizenship of Rohingyas from the very beginning.

Aung Sang Suu Kyi, de facto counsellor of Myanmar, has also been blamed for her inaction and silent support to the atrocities against Rohingyas. For this, her Nobel Prize in Peace has been called into question by the global media and civil society. Satellite video footage, media coverage and stories of victims' families in Rakhine are vivid instances of the atrocities against the Rohingya community. The perpetrator behind the crime never confessed and now Myanmar has been trying to mislead the international community by destroying evidence of the atrocities in Rakhine using army bulldozers. Bangladesh must refer Myanmar to the ICC for the heinous crimes committed in Rakhine as soon as possible.

 

Md Zillur Rahaman

Lalmohan, Bhola

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