Myanmar is playing foul with Rohingya issue

 Myanmar is playing foul with Rohingya issue

 June 11, 2019  0 Comments ARSAISISMyanmar > ShareTweet

 By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Myanmar is playing foul with Rohingya issue

 As part of her relentless efforts of resolving the long-standing Rohingya refugee issue with Myanmar, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to visit China during the first week of July. Earlier on June 9, 2019, during her press conference, Bangladesh Prime Minister accused Myanmar of being reluctant in repatriating their over a million Rohingya nationals defying their promise and feared that some international aid agencies to tend to keep the crisis alive.

She said, “The problem lies with Myanmar as they don’t want to take back the Rohingyas by any means though Naypyidaw signed an agreement with Bangladesh promising to repatriate them”. The Bangladesh premier simultaneously feared that some international aid and voluntary agencies too were unwilling to resolve the crisis saying, “They never want the refugees to return their home”.

The Rohingya is an ethnic minority group in Myanmar. Being denied citizenship, hundreds and thousands of Rohingyas have crossed into neighboring Bangladesh, putting unbalanced pressure on its scarce resources. While most studies explain why and how insecurity produces refugees, the opposite process – how refugees produce conflict, dilemma, and insecurity in their host country – is also worthy of study. This article argues that the Rohingya crisis is no longer only a humanitarian calamity but a potential threat to Bangladesh’s internal stability. Bangladesh finds itself in a fix trying to fulfill the national interests of the country, and uphold human security issues of Rohingya.

Asked for comments about a perception that three major countries – China, Japan and India – took Myanmar’s side in the crisis, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, Dhaka separately held talks with these countries when they all acknowledged Rohingyas to be Myanmar nationals and agreed should return there.

 How the Rohingya crisis is affecting Bangladesh?

As of February 2018, the United Nations estimates that almost 1 million Rohingya refugees have fled Burma’s violent campaign of ethnic cleansing. Almost universally, they’ve moved into refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

That is straining Bangladesh, which has absorbed a remarkable number of people in just six months, leading to desperately cramped conditions in the camps. Bangladesh is a small, low-lying, under-resourced and densely populated country. And it’s leaders and citizens are growing impatient with the fallout of Burma’s purge of the Rohingya.

In 2017, due to massive violence and genocide committed by the Myanmar army with the help of radical Buddhist populace, hundreds and thousands of Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh thus creating a massive refugee crisis. This is the highest number of refugees in the world. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, being sympathetic to the repressed and persecuted Rohingyas has ordered to open country’s borders with neighboring Myanmar. Later, under her leadership, Bangladesh made all-out efforts in getting international support in resolving the crisis. But, until now, there are no such actions initiated by the international community except mere lip-service.

On the Rohingya crisis, unfortunately, China and India are clearly standing behind repressive Myanmar authorities, which has possibly forced Bangladesh government in reaching into a controversial arrangement with Myanmar. Diplomatic analysts are seeing this written arrangement as suicidal, since the terms are ambiguous and impractical as Dhaka was insisting repatriation of the refugees within 24 months. Moreover, Dhaka did not consult any international organization or the Rohingya refugees before penning this arrangement. Many Rohingyas were apprehensive of hastily forced repatriation.

Security concerns:

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an Islamist militancy group, whose attacks on Burmese security posts triggered the Myanmar army’s indiscriminate “clearance operations,” has already pledged to continue its insurgent campaign against what it calls “Burmese state-sponsored terrorism.” The Bangladeshi security establishment is concerned both that ARSA will try to recruit within camps, and that it will use the camps as a base for cross-border fighting.

There had always been a big question about any connections between ARSA and regional or international terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda, Islamic State, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Joish-e-Mohammed (JeM), etc. On January 23, 2017, Al Qaeda in the subcontinent issued a declaration urging Bangladeshi Muslims to mount an armed rebellion in support of the Rohingyas. A similar statement had also been repeated by other militancy groups.

The United Nations termed it as “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya in Myanmar while the Army over there said that military action is against terrorists and that they are not averse to civilians. Unqualified Rohingya refugees are unacceptable as they are regarded as a burden on the economy. A majority of the Buddhist community in Myanmar considers Rohingyas as illegal Bengali migrants. No citizenship rights were given to the Rohingyas and numerous restrictions were imposed on them. Rohingyas are Sunni Muslims and have fought for an independent country in the past. In 1947 and 1971, they struggled to join East Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.

What is ARSA?

Rohingya Muslims have also constituted a few terrorist organizations, including the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (SRO), the Harkat-al Yaqin, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) to wage war and establish an independent Muslim state. Unfortunately, a few Muslim terrorist organizations, especially in Pakistan, started assisting these terrorist outfits. Besides Pakistan, few Muslim organizations in the Afro-Arab nations, such as Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, etc., also pumped petrodollars into the coffers of Rohingya terrorist outfits.

ARSA was formed by Ataullah Abu Ammar Jununi, a Rohingya man born in Karachi, Pakistan and grew up in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Jununi, in a video posted online, stated, “Our primary objective under ARSA is to liberate out people from dehumanizing operation perpetrated by all successive Burmese regimes”. Although the groups claim themselves as ‘ethnic-nationalist’ and denied allegations of being Islamists, it follows many traditional Islamic practices such as having recruits swear an oath to the Quran, referring to the leader as emir and asking for fatwas [sermons] from foreign Muslim clerics.

The Islamic State (ISIS), which has put a massive hate material on the Internet, was able to recruit a few Rohingya Muslims who went to Syria and Iraq to fight in conjunction with the IS.  There are also reports that the IS and the Lashkar-e-Taiba are trying to recruit Rohingyas staying in Jammu while the Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent has also supported the Rohingyas.

AqaMul members, the terrorist outfit of Rohingya Muslims, has links with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan, Joish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba.  There are also reports that the Rohingyas, settled in Jammu illegally. A large number of NGOs, working with the Rohingyas, especially funded by Iran and Turkey, have Islamic extremist leanings and inculcate radicalism in them.

The ultimate consequence:

Clearly, Myanmar is playing an extreme nasty game centering the Rohingya refugee issue, while the world seems to be almost silently witnessing such notoriety. What no one possibly is realizing is – further delay in resolving the crisis may generate huge frustration within those over one million refugees and it would possibly push them towards becoming exposed to militancy groups such as ISIS in particular. And in that case, the ultimate result would be absolutely catastrophic. If the Rohingyas go into the grips of ISIS or other militancy groups – Myanmar, China and India will be the most affected countries and such rage may even cross beyond South Asia and get expanded up to the West. People need to remember, re-emergence of ISIS within the Rohingyas would actually be a much biggest challenge than ISIS in Iraq or Syria.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter Salah Shoaib

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Myanmar starts media offensives on the Rohingya issue

Myanmar starts media offensives on the Rohingya issue

Myanmar starts media offensives on the Rohingya issue

 June 14, 2019  0 Comments ChinaDelhiNaypyitaw   ShareTweet

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Sensing Dhaka’s enhanced efforts in mobilizing global pressure, authorities in Naypyitaw has taken an urgent measure in countering any such effort. With this goal, Myanmar’s military establishment has formed a special unit named Media Monitoring and Action Cell with few skilled IT professionals and military officers to track each of the contents centering the Rohingya issue on the web and in case of necessity leave comments countering the content. Naypyitaw also is looking for hiring an Indian Public Relations firm for “managing international media” in favor of Naypyitaw on the Rohingya issue. A special committee has been made responsible for briefing the Indian firm on the strategies of such propaganda and countering any of the pro-Rohingya contents in the international media.

Meanwhile, experts on diplomatic and counter-terrorism affairs in Myanmar held an emergency meeting following the briefing of Bangladesh foreign minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, who told members of the diplomatic corps in Dhaka that hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas in refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar area have started experiencing terrorist activities. Such terrorist activities may increase due to the long presence of such a huge number of people in Bangladesh.

Dr. Momen said, “Recently, some terrorist activities have started. We anticipated this earlier that if such a large number of people stay somewhere there is always a possibility of (creation of) pockets of radicalism. Terrorist activities may increase. Therefore, we will tell Myanmar to keep their promise and take these people [Rohingyas] back”.

He said, “Recently, we have told their [Myanmar] friendly countries and will tell them forcefully that you have advised us to discuss with them [Myanmar] bilaterally. Tell your friends to take their people back. If they are not taken back, terrorist activities may increase and the investments you made and are planning to make, will all be ruined. If there is uncertainty, development does not take place easily”.

Taking note of these remarks by the Bangladeshi foreign minister, Myanmar is going to communicate a message to China, ahead of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s scheduled visit in July, stating that Dhaka is giving instigation to the Rohingya refugees in staging terrorist activities inside Myanmar.

Naypyitaw’s agenda is to mislead Beijing, Delhi and other international community by false putting blame on Dhaka for giving instigation to Rohingyas in staging terrorism inside Myanmar.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Media Monitoring and Action Cell in Myanmar has already started working on its agenda and are countering each of the contents on Rohingya issue in leading newspapers in the world. As part of it, this cell has countered an opinion editorial titled ‘Risk of playing with the Rohingya issue’, which was published in Blitz on June 12, 2019.

Myanmar side has left two comments beneath the Blitz opinion editorial.

On June 12, 2019 at 10:53 pm, a comment was posted by Yangon Thar stating, “Jihadi Muslim sympathizers thinks that Myanmar must accept all 700,000+ Muslim Jihadi so-called refugee back is day dreaming in technicolor. Myanmar government must verified documentation for residency proof and extensive terrorist screening all returnee. 99.9 % of so-called refugee were involved in August 17, 2017 attacks of police outposts and army battalion in Arakan state. Not surprise almost every refugee is afraid of retribution to go back and unattainable demand of citizenship which Myanmar will never grant them at all.”

Then again on June 14, 2019, at 12:22 am on Yangon Thar posted another comment stating, “Since 1948, each and every Jihadi Muslim attacks were defeated time and time again, the last one was September 24, 2017 ARSA and Muslim villager-followers attacked 30 Burma Police Outposts and Army Battalion HQ.

“That attacks was responded by Burma Army shock-and-awe forces which triggered ARSA and its follower Jihadi Muslim villager to flee to the Bangladesh border with tails between their legs. “Burma Army and the people of Burma will defeat any external foreign Jihadi Muslim invasion or internal Jihadi Muslim uprising any time any place.Come on down!”

Both the comments were posted from an IP address 9.244.72.135.

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ARNO’s Concern Over ASEAN-ERAT Report – Statement

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ARNO’s Concern Over ASEAN-ERAT Report – Statement

 

                                               Rohingya refugees. Photo Credit: Tasnim News Agency

 June 13, 2019 > By  Professor Dr Anil Sarin*

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) expresses its serious concern at the leaked report prepared by ASEAN’s Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT). 

The leaked report reflects the disingenuous scheme of the Myanmar authorities for Rohingya refugee repatriation and their attitude towards Rohingya people.

The document is not a part of the solution to the Rohingya crisis as it attempts to hide or validate the most serious crimes of international concern — as referred to in Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998) — perpetrated by Myanmar government and its armed forces against Rohingya population, which UN Fact-Finding Mission has termed as crimes against humanity and genocide.

Evidently, the Myanmar government has no intention of creating conditions for a sustainable return of over 1 million Rohingya — including those about 740,000 arrived after August 2017 — from Bangladesh. Because they have achieved their goal: the elimination of the Rohingya from Rakhine State. Yet the report praises Myanmar on efforts “to ensure smooth and orderly return” while implicating Bangladesh responsible for the failure of the repatriation, despite all her internationally acclaimed efforts. It is really surprising!

The report avoids mentioning the ethnic identity of the refugees “Rohingya” while putting the figure of refugees for repatriation at half a million which are ridiculous. It has largely ignored the demands of the refugees, the resolutions and recommendations of the United Nations, Annan Commission, human rights organizations and world leaders. But disregarding realities cannot change the facts, on the contrary, it encourages the regime to continue ongoing Rohingya genocide of with full impunity.

ASEAN should not allow Myanmar to continue her atrocious process against Rohingya. Rather, it should address the root cause of the Rohingya crisis towards finding a permanent solution, actively support the credible accountability efforts to ensure victims see justice served and the cycle of violence is not repeated, so as to ensure voluntary safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of all refugees with their full Myanmar citizenship, within a specified time, to their original places in Arakan/Rakhine state, not to displacement sites.

Meanwhile, the refugees should be consulted to ensure that their views shape the terms of all future repatriation efforts.

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Myanmar is ‘lying’ about Rohingya repatriation, says Foreign Minister Momen

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Myanmar is ‘lying’ about Rohingya repatriation, says Foreign Minister Momen

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Published: 12 Jun 2019 05:02 PM BdST Updated: 12 June 2019 05:02 PM BdST

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has accused Myanmar of ‘lying’ about the issue of the repatriation of the forcefully displaced Rohingya people.

Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Momen said, “Myanmar has held Bangladesh responsible for the delay in repatriating the Rohingya refugees when Bangladesh stands ready to do it.”

More than 700,000 Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh since August 2017, after the Myanmar army initiated a crackdown in the Rakhine state. Over 400,000 Rohingyas have been living in Bangladesh during the past few decades.

Bangladesh initiated the process of repatriating the Rohingyas in November 2018 after the Myanmar government gave in to international pressure and signed a deal to take them back.The initiative stalled after the Rohingyas refused to go back over fears about an adverse situation back in Myanmar.

  A Myanmar minister complained of non-cooperation on part of the Bangladesh government in resolving the Rohingya issue at the ‘Future of Asia Conference’ in Japan in May.

On Wednesday, Momen invited foreign diplomats in Bangladesh and briefed them on the country’s position on the Rohingya issue.The foreign minister slammed Myanmar for spreading ‘blatant lies’ and failing to ‘keeps its promise’.

“They were supposed to create a favourable situation in the Rakhine state for the Rohingyas. Of 800 villages, only two were shown to have a suitable environment despite their claims that all problems had been sorted. Myanmar did not keep its promise,” said Momen.

Momen reiterated that Bangladesh is seeking a peaceful solution to the issue. “They are our neighbour,” he said.  “Bangladesh urged the international community to continue exerting pressure on Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue,” Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP in Bangladesh, told the media.

“We said that we stand beside Bangladesh,” he said. Diplomats from the United States, the UK, China, India, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil and representatives from the European Union, and different United Nations agencies were present at the briefing.

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Bangladeshi PM accuses Myanmar over Rohingya delay

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Bangladeshi PM accuses Myanmar over Rohingya delay     

Hasina also claims aid workers fear they will lose their jobs if repatriation goes ahead

Rohingya refugees enter Bangladesh through Shah Porir Dwip island in Cox’s Bazar district on Sept. 30, 2017. Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina said a delay in repatriation should be blamed on Myanmar and aid groups.      (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com)

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Bangladesh >June 11, 2019
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has blamed Myanmar and aid agencies for the delay over repatriation of Rohingya refugees.
“The problem that I now see is that different international agencies that are providing voluntary services or working here [in Cox’s Bazar] never want any refugees to go back. The problem lies here,” Hasina said during a press conference in Dhaka, United News of Bangladesh reported on June 9.

Many officials in aid agencies fear that they will lose their jobs if Rohingya are repatriated to Myanmar, she alleged.

Hasina blamed aid groups for instigating Rohingya protests during the government’s attempt to repatriate the first batch of refugees in November last year. She also criticized aid agencies for opposing a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya to an island in the Bay of Bengal.

Young Rohingya refugees shout slogans at a protest against a disputed repatriation program at the Unchiprang refugee camp near Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Nov. 15. (Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP)

Hasina said Myanmar has not created a conducive environment for Rohingya to return to Rakhine State. “Myanmar also doesn’t want to take them back, which is another major barrier to their repatriation. The problem lies with Myanmar [as well],” she said.

This is the first time Hasina has strongly criticized Myanmar and aid agencies since the mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from Rakhine in 2016 and 2017 to flee deadly military and radical Buddhist atrocities.

Most aid groups active in refugee camps are positive about Rohingya repatriation, according to James Gomes, regional director of Catholic charity Caritas Chittagong.

“Rohingya are a priority issue, so when the PM says something, that is likely to be based on reports. I believe those aid groups and officials opposing a Rohingya return for their own interests are few in number,” Gomes told ucanews.com.

The government should take action if it has “proven evidence” of aid groups and officials pushing back against a Rohingya return, an aid worker based in Cox’s Bazar told ucanews.com.

Repression and death

 Bangladesh says more than one million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar reside in camps in Cox’s Bazar district. According to the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, more than 723,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh since August 2017.

Rohingya refugees say their opposition to “hasty repatriation” and “risky relocation” is voluntary and not instigated by aid groups. “No Rohingya is happy to live in a foreign land as refugees, but they don’t want to put their lives at risk of repression and death,” Muhammad Hashem, 37, a father of three from Balukhali refugee camp, told ucanews.com. “Here, the government and aid groups have supported us to have a safe and peaceful life. If we have a guarantee of the same conditions in Myanmar, we will go back straight away.”

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a deal to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar on January 2018. Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi camps, international communities including aid groups and rights watchdogs criticized the plan for not addressing key issues including a guarantee of safety and citizenship, reparations and return of property.

On Nov. 15, 2018, thousands of Rohingya took to the streets near refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar as Bangladesh made efforts to repatriate the first batch of refugees to Myanmar. Refugees said the situation in Rakhine was “inconvenient and unsafe” for their return, while their demands for citizenship and an end to persecution were missing in the deal.

Refugees, aid groups and rights bodies have also been opposing Bangladesh’s plan to relocate about 100,000 Rohingya to a flood-prone and uninhabited island in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh’s change of tone on Myanmar and aid groups is seen as a gradual shift in Rohingya policy after an apparent failure to solve the crisis bilaterally with Myanmar.

Bangladesh has recently been engaging diplomatically with various Muslim countries to unite for the Rohingya cause. Bangladesh has also been cooperating with the International Criminal Court over a preliminary investigation to start a formal war crimes case against Myanmar over atrocities against Rohingya.

Source: https://www.ucanews.com/news/bangladeshi-pm-accuses-myanmar-over-rohingya-delay/85383

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Rohingyas slam UN, ASEAN repatriation plan without consulting them

Rohingyas slam UN, ASEAN repatriation plan without consulting them

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:31, Jun 10,2019

 A Cox’s Bazar-based organisation of Rohingyas has issued a warning to the United Nations and the ASEAN that there would be no repatriation to Myanmar without consulting the Rohingyas staying in Bangladesh.

Rohingya Refugees protesting for their demands before repatriation  

The Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights in a statement on Saturday said they want to make it clear to the world that the ASEAN and the UNHCR do not speak on behalf of the Rohingya refugees. Rohingya refugees are enough to speak for themselves and there would be no repatriation without consulting them, said the statement.

The organisation came up with their reaction a day after an AFP report based on leaked document that suggested that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said Myanmar would only accept 5,00,000 out of 1 million Rohingyas in two years, ignoring an ongoing insurgency in Rakhine state and failing to identify the persecuted community by their chosen name.

The leaked report, penned by the Southeast Asian bloc’s ‘Emergency Response and Assessment Team’ (Asean-ERAT) and seen by AFP, is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

In the statement, the ARSPHR said, ‘The ASEAN report also does not use our ethnic name: Rohingya.’ It said representatives of many ASEAN countries like Malaysia and Indonesia visit the camps, take photo with them and call them Rohingya. ‘But now they refuse to give us dignity. Why is ASEAN not using our ethnic name?’

‘The UN has estimated 7,25,000 Rohingya fled violence and persecution in Myanmar in 2017 and 2018. So, we want to ask what will ASEAN and Myanmar will do about other 5,00,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh?’ the statement read.

‘Just like the recent extension of the secret MoU among Myanmar, UNDP and UNHCR, Rohingya refugee leaders are not being consulted about the decision that directly affects our human rights. Why is it so difficult for ASEAN and the UN to consult us and respect our human rights and dignity?’ the statement read.

The Rohingya group said, ‘the ASEAN report congratulates Myanmar for increase the security forces in Rakhine state. Rohingyas have been victims of genocide by Myanmar security forces for decades. What will ASEAN and Myanmar do to stop these forces from continuing the genocide against Rohingyas when we return home?’

The ARSPHR said, ‘We know the answer to all of these three questions. The ASEAN and the UN view Rohingya issue as a crisis and problem. They do not consider us as human being with rights and dignity’. Since August 25, 2017, over 7 lakh Rohingya fled Myanmar while some 3,00,000 others who had fled earlier waves of violence in Myanmar where they have been denied citizenship since 1982.

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I’ll visit China in July to talk on Rohingya issue: PM

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04:58 PM, June 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:31 PM, June 09, 2019

I’ll visit China in July to talk on Rohingya issue: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Star file photo

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said that she would visit China by July to talk about repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state in the face of ethnic cleansing there.

“I hope that I would be successful in dealing with the Rohingya issue with China,” the PM said while addressing a press conference at her official Gono Bhaban residence this afternoon. “The Chinese president has invited me to visit his country in July and I will go there and talk to him about the issue,” she added.

Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, said, “Myanmar is the main problem as they don’t want to take back the Rohingya people to their country.” Responding to a query, she said the issues of terrorism and Rohingyas were discussed during the 14th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit and all have put their heed to reach immediate solution to the crises.

She said, “We have talked with India, China and Japan about the issue and they equivocally said Myanmar should take back the Rohingya people.” Apart from this, some organisations are also against the repatriation of the Rohingyas as they will lose fund if the refugees are repatriated voluntarily.

When asked about the previous technical glitch of her special flight and travel of a pilot of her special flight without passport, Hasina said, “Why such issues appear frequently? The people who are responsible should be careful in these regards”.

The premier was addressing a press conference to brief the media this afternoon on the outcome of her 11-day tri-nation official visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.  The press conference began at Gono Bhaban at 5:00pm.

The prime minister returned home yesterday morning winding up her visits to the three countries from May 28 to June 7.  On May 28, the prime minister reached Tokyo, the capital of Japan, the first destination of her tri-nation visit.

Concluding her visit to Japan, the premier went to Saudi Arabia on May 31 on the second leg of her tri-nation tour to attend the 14th OIC Summit held in Makkah at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Wrapping up her visit to Saudi Arabia, the premier went to Finland, the third and final destination of her tri-nation tour, on June 3.

Related Topics : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, PM Hasina’s tri-nation official visit, press briefing at Gono Bhaban

 Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/politics/prime-minister-briefing-media-tri-nation-tour-2019-1754479

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