Thousands of people have been turned away from the Bangladeshi border this week – almost 400 have died as they attempted to escape.
by TeleSur – Global
Following an escalation in state violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the Communist Party of Bangladesh, CPB, has strongly condemned the atrocities they continue to face.
The party denounced the “genocide, arson and ruthless torture” that the minority group has been subjected to.
Noting the tide of Rohingya migrants to Bangladesh, they also spoke out against the treatment they have received from the Bangladeshi government.
“Thousands of Rohingyas are taking shelter in Bangladesh to save lives. It is the primary duty of everyone to treat them with humanitarian attitude,” the CPB said in their statement.
Thousands of Rohingya have been turned away from the Bangladeshi border just this week, with officials saying the country is no longer capable of hosting more refugees.
The CPB’s statement also pressed that the permanent solution to the crisis must come from the Myanmar government itself, who must accept Rohingyas as citizens of Myanmar. As such, CPB leaders called upon the Bangladesh government to “take immediate diplomatic initiative.”
According to new official figures, almost 400 Rohingyas have died since last Friday – many women and children drowned while attempting to cross the border.
The community, in the Rakhine state in Myanmar, have been under a military siege since October 2016, but have long been subjected to communal violence by extremists.
The Myanmar government considers the “most persecuted minority group in the world,” as the UN has deemed them, “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh. The Rohingya, however, claim roots in the region dating back centuries.
Good to see this, hope a broad coalition will form and convince the Bangladesh govt to stop excluding refugees and isolating them, refusing to allow them to officially register in Bangladesh. Also Bangladesh needs to press Myanmar much much more firmly to adopt the Kofi Annan plan and should not be fooled by Myanmar’s emerging security narrative which is largely islamophobic and misleading: http://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/human-rights/misframed-facts-prejudiced-responses-1456924