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3 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Solid action needed for Rohingya issue!

Solid action needed for Rohingya issue!

The visiting UN secretary general and the president of the World Bank went to Cox’s Bazar to see the sprawling camps built to accommodate the Rohingyas who fled a pogrom in Myanmar. The joint visit from two leading UN officials is deemed to be a sign of hope by many international agencies working to help the displaced people. However, why this visit raises their hope is perplexing. The standard line when a renowned person goes to visit the camp is: the world’s attention is drawn to the Rohingya suffering which will put pressure on Myanmar. Unfortunately, there are bauve ideals in such an explanation, hardly any reality.

Why Myanmar should feel any pressure by the current visit is unclear. For a long period, she summarily refused UN visits to the Rakhine state and only agreed when, possibly, all evidence of the army backed carnage was removed.  

Reportedly, the Rohingyas, tired of being treated as caged animals in a circus, are exasperated by such visits by dignitaries since these have brought very little change to their condition. While there is safety in Bangladesh, Rohingyas know this is not their country and unless they can return to a livelihood in Rakhine State in Myanmar, all other efforts to redress their plight will be transient.

The same cynical view is voiced by the host communities and such jaundiced views need to be taken seriously because if the actual victims are dismayed then, what the international development organisations say is of no consequence. The World Bank has recently pledged $480 million to ensure better health and other facilities for the Rohingyas, though this is not a permanent solution. Providing help while remaining impotent in creating effective pressure on Myanmar is tantamount to sustaining the problem. Bluntly put, international organisations have reason to be upbeat because as long as this crisis lingers, there will be a wide area of work for more overseas development workers to be involved in. The Rohingya problem needs tangible steps like sanctions, embargoes and visible political pressure.

None of that has happened. The World Bank and the UN did not condemn Myanmar with warnings of stern action, despite ample proof of a calculated ethnic cleansing operation in Rakhine. Almost eleven months into the crisis, Myanmar still remains defiant; it does not recognize Rohingyas as its citizens, the mass persecution is not acknowledged with the so-called civilian façade of government prevaricating relentlessly. At such a point, it’s not a surprise many Rohingyas have become disillusioned.  

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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