‘Timely Rohingya repatriation not possible’

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12:00 AM, October 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:57 AM, October 14, 2018

‘Timely Rohingya repatriation not possible’

DW Editor-in-Chief says Germany, Bangladesh face similar issues dealing with refugees

Deutsche Welle ( DW) Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl

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 Pointing towards the possibility of a prolonged repatriation, Deutsche Welle Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl yesterday said the ethnic minorities from Myanmar should be given a chance to get integrated in Bangladesh’s society.

“We all have to find a way to get out of the ‘state of denial’ and face the fact that we have to give them a chance to get integrated, to start with education, having a chance to find a job, and start a life here in Bangladesh,” she said. She was addressing a roundtable on “Migration — Challenges and Approaches in the East and the West”, arranged by the global German broadcaster at a Dhaka hotel.

A DW team headed by Ines recently visited the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. She said during her two-day visit she saw the “differences” between registered and unregistered Rohingyas. “I think it’s inhumane — this state of denial.” She said she talked with Rohingyas and locals, who were “outspoken”. The locals wanted the Rohingyas to go back. “Everybody knows it [timely repatriation] is impossible,” she said.

Over 700,000 Rohingyas have escaped a brutal military crackdown since late August last year. Rohingyas were reportedly killed, raped and their houses burnt in the campaign, termed a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing” by the UN. In Bangladesh, they joined over 300,000 other Rohingyas, who fled previous waves of violence since 1980s in Myanmar, where they have been denied citizenship.

Ines said Germany and Bangladesh are facing similar issues in terms of dealing with refugees. In Germany, they had a culture of welcoming refugees, but the situation has changed in recent years because of two reasons, she said. People are afraid that too many refugees will come and it will be too hard to integrate them in the society. Also, there is fear of radicalisation, she added.

According to her, Bangladesh is facing major challenges due to the effects of climate change and migration. Responding to a query, bdnews24.com’s Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, who attended the event as a discussant, said Bangladesh, which is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, termed Rohingyas “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals” as the [Myanmar] military and political leaders call them “Bengalis”.

He thinks the government and international community understand that the crisis is not going to get resolved anytime soon. DW’s Head of Asia Programmes Debarati Guha moderated the round-table.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/timely-rohingya-repatriation-not-possible-164668

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Rohingya Crisis: WHO’s health priorities in Cox’s Bazar

Rohingya Crisis: WHO’s health priorities in Cox’s Bazar

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WB chief wants supports for Rohingyas to come as grants: Muhith

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04:48 PM, October 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:52 PM, October 13, 2018

WB chief wants supports for Rohingyas to come as grants: Muhith

Rohingya refugees are reflected in rain water along an embankment next to paddy fields after fleeing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on November 2, 2017. File Photo: Reuters

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim wants that all the supports for the Rohingya people, who were forcibly displaced to Bangladesh from Myanmar, should come in the form of grant, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said here today.

“The World Bank president wants that whatever support Bangladesh will get from the donors should come as grants and for that he has already requested the donors,” Muhith told reporters at Hotel Westin in Bali about the outcomes of his engagements at the Annual Meetings 2018 of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Alternate Executive Director of Bangladesh to the World Bank M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Senior Secretary of the Economic Relations Division (ERD) Kazi Shofiqul Azam and ERD Additional Secretary Mahmuda Begum were present at the briefing.

About his meeting with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the finance minister said the World Bank chief would make all necessary arrangements so that Bangladesh could get all the supports from the donors as grants for the Rohingyas.

He said the World Bank has been requesting everyone to give grants to Bangladesh to support the forcibly displaced Rohingyas. “They (World Bank) are insisting Kuwait, Sweden, UAE and Germany on giving their supports to Bangladesh as grants.”

The finance minister said the World Bank president lauded highly the performance of Bangladesh in poverty reduction as the country is now a model in poverty reduction in the world. The World Bank president noted that the overall economy of Bangladesh is performing well like the poverty reduction initiatives, he added.

Muhith thanked the World Bank president for coming up with the nearly half a billion US dollar grant support for the Rohingya people. He informed that the government would invite the concerned officials from UAE, Kuwait, Sweden and Germany to visit Bangladesh and have discussions as these countries have already been requested to provide grant supports to Bangladesh for the Rohingya people.

Asked about the freshly sought $4.5 billion IDA assistance from the World Bank, he said the government has already materialized the earlier committed $4.5 billion amount in just two years under a three-year programme. “We expect that we shall have at least $2 billion support afresh although we have raised a demand of $4.5 billion before the World Bank,” he added.

The finance minister said that an estimated amount of $1 billion is being required for the Rohingya people in two years and the development partners, including the World Bank and the ADB, have already announced $680 million in this regard. About his participation at the Climate Finance Ministerial Meeting, Muhith said Bangladesh is a leader in climate financing and no developed or developing country can claim that leadership. “We began climate financing from our own budget and we have been continuing to do this for long before the world thought of it,” he added.

On his participation at the Development Committee Plenary, he informed that currently some 30 countries in the world are in debt vulnerability while Bangladesh is now much better than most of the countries in the world in this regard. “We have no debt vulnerability as we are very much concerned in this regard,” he added.

About carbon tax, the finance minister said he would look into the matter after returning home. “We have almost stopped emission of carbon like chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as we have more or less eliminated CFCs from the country as the refrigerators do not emit CFCs now… emission control is very strong in both public and private sectors in Bangladesh,” he added.

Responding to another question on the ongoing US-China trade war, Muhith opined that Bangladesh might not be undisturbed by the US-China trade war. There could be an impact, he said and added: “We do not want the equilibrium to be disturbed.”

Earlier in the morning, the finance minister attended the High-Level Breakfast Meeting organized by the Asia and the Pacific Department (APD) of the IMF. Meanwhile, ERD Senior Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam said that the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) will come up with bidders funding for a new fertilizer factory in Bangladesh.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/news/wb-chief-wants-supports-rohingyas-come-grants-muhith 1646458?utm_source=dailystar_website&utm_campaign=newsalert&utm_medium= newsurl&utm_ term=all&utm _content=all

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Bangladesh should seek ICCs intervention

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12:00 AM, October 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 13, 2018


Bangladesh should seek ICCs intervention

Myanmar “unwilling” to hold unbiased probe

In a report published recently, a UN special rapporteur—who has been barred from entering Myanmar since last December — said that the Myanmar government is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingyas. This just reinforces the fact that is already known—that the Myanmar government is not serious about holding the perpetrators of the heinous crimes, committed against the Rohingya community, accountable.
It was clear from the very beginning, when Suu Kyi’s government rejected independent international investigations into the alleged abuses and has commissioned its own probe. It was evident when they outright rejected the allegations made by a UN fact-finding committee which called for investigating Myanmar’s top brass for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Although when the Japanese prime minister called Suu Kyi to hold a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations, Suu Kyi agreed on the importance of an “accurate and appropriate” investigation, we are not sure precisely how that would be done as the steps they have taken by far are limited and insufficient. Is there any other way for us but to request the International criminal court to intervene?
Meanwhile, the international response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh remains severely underfunded. According to Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), USD 579 million is required to meet the urgent needs of the Rohingya refugees and the local host communities, who have opened up their homes to the refugees, until the end of the year. Thus, we hope the international community will gear up efforts to raise more funds for these refugees to cope with the many challenges they are facing.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/editorial/news/bangladesh-should-seek-iccs-intervention-164621

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US must encourage world action to end genocide in Burma

US must encourage world action to end genocide in Burma




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Seventy years ago, the United Nations was founded in the wake of the unprecedented horrors of World War II. Its charter was conceived as a response to the unimaginable state-organized campaigns of genocide that defined that war. The watchwords of the newly-formed international body were: “Never again.”

This cherished ideal is more relevant today than ever. When the U.N. General Assembly convened in September in New York, it brought together leaders from every corner of the world to assess the state of the human community. These leaders convened at a time when the world is desperately in need of leadership rooted in a renewed commitment to humanitarian justice.

The United Nations recently completed a fact-finding mission in Burmaand produced a 400- page report documenting the full extent of shocking crimes by the Tatmadaw, the Burmese military. The mission’s exhaustively researched report, one of the longest human rights inquiries ever produced by the organization, joins a growing body of evidence establishing, beyond any doubt, that the Tatmadaw indeed has committed genocide against its own people.

However, there is a real danger that this U.N. report may amount to too little, too late. Who will act on it? The world did not move on Darfur until President George W. Bush imposed sanctions under the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006. The world also remained a silent spectator to the bone-sticking human images of Bosnian concentration camps until the United States moved in 1995 to stop the violence and conflict.

Today the world again needs U.S. leadership against deliberate killings. This is the time for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to declare genocide and place full sanctions on Burma until its government agrees to give security and citizenship to Rohingyas based on scientific research, which no other entity has done so far.

Without American leadership, sadly, not much will happen at the United Nations, despite its fact-finding mission. A year after the massive pogrom of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine State, which expelled 800,000 innocent people — including tens of thousands of children — through terroristic tactics of rape, pillage and murder, no real measure to stop this genocide and punish those responsible has occurred. The United States and European Union have put in place targeted sanctions that have not worked. It is time to do what worked before: impose full sanctions. Such action forced the military to allow a limited democracy, and now it’s time to force them to give full democracy, freedom and citizenship to all of Burma’s residents.

More distressing, the relative inaction on Rohingya genocide apparently has encouraged the Burmese military to go after Kachins, the mostly Christian people. They have lost about 400 villages and 300 churches to Burmese military attacks.

Inaction also sets a dangerous precedent for neighboring countries. In the past few months, the Chinese government has sent millions of Uyghur Muslims to concentration camps, Vice President Mike Pence noted in an address to the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in July. The same month, India delisted 4 million Bengali-speaking people from citizenship as extremists called for their deportation.

The United States must lead the United Nations in taking a stand against genocide. Throwing its considerable prestige behind the cause of full sanctions against Burma, exempting food and medicine, would send a clear signal that the international community is serious about ending the ethnic massacres and foreclosing such violence by any government in the future.

The time to act indeed is now.

Imam Malik Mujahid is a producer, author and entrepreneur who chairs the Faith Coalition to Stop Genocide in Burma, a united group of American faith leaders from diverse religious backgrounds.

Source: https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/410774-us-nust-encourage-world-action-to-end-genocide-in-burma?fbclid=IwAR1zV7TkGtE-eUmBVl9zVgbS0Sz3GlJqkpjLj9VkAB9krDaiHkQCmWb2L8c

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Rohingyas : The Impossible Return

Rohingyas : The Impossible Return





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