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24 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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BNP blames govt for failure to repatriate Rohingyas

Forum formed to support rape, repression victims
UNB, Dhaka

BNP yesterday alleged that the government has diplomatically failed to initiate the repartition of Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar. “The government couldn’t do anything to start the repatriation of Rohingyas. It's been a long time since they (Rohingyas) came here, but you (govt) couldn't still send any of them,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. He further said, “It’s an utter failure. You’ve failed diplomatically to send the Rohingyas back.” The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a rally brought by Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal and Jatiyatabadi Muktijuddher Projonmo at Nayapaltan demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Despite all the preparations, no Rohingya turned up on Thursday to avail of the “voluntary” repatriation offer given to them to go back to their place of origin in Rakhine State of Myanmar prompting the authorities to suspend the repatriation process for the day. Earlier, the first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on November 15 last year but it was also halted amid the unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said Bangladesh does not want to do anything by force and laid emphasis on removing trust-deficit among Rohingyas who

refused to return to their homeland. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since August 25, 2017. The two countries signed a repatriation deal on November 23, 2017, but there has been little progress.

Rizvi said the government has long been saying it has many foreign friends, but no one did anything for it to begin the Rohingya repatriation. “But Bangladesh has long been enduring huge pressure of such a big population of Rohingyas.”

He said the government has not only failed diplomatically, but also failed to deliver on all fronts. “You’re financially unsuccessful and you’re unable to maintain the law and order. As a result, blood is shed everywhere, people are getting killed and women and children are being repressed.”

The BNP leader said their BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia must be freed from jail to restore democracy and people’s rights.

Meanwhile, amid the growing incidents of rape and violence against women and children, BNP has formed a forum to stand by the victims of such repression with legal and other support, and create a social movement to prevent these menaces.

Party standing committee member Selima Rahman has been made convener of the 61-member “Nari O Shishu Odhikar Forum” (Women and Children Rights Forum). BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Friday.

Party executive committee member advocate Nipun Roy has been made member secretary of the forum while mid-level leaders of the party and its associate bodies, pro-BNP professionals, including lawyers, doctors and businessmen have been made its members.

An advisory panel of the forum has also been formed with Gayeshwar as its chief adviser. The other members of the panel are advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, AZM Zahid Hossain, Abdul Awal Mintoo, Zainul Abedin and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Speaking at the press meet, Gayeshwar said the country’s people are witnessing an appalling scenario of repression on women and children which cannot be controlled in any way. “That’s why BNP has taken the initiative to constitute the forum from its own responsibility. Our aim is to create such committees in all the regions of Bangladesh by involving a group of party leaders with the forum.”

He said many brutal incidents of violence against women are suppressed by the influential quarters. “Our forum will work so that the ruling party and the influential quarters cannot hush up such incidents and deny the victims justice.”

He said that  whenever any incident of such repression takes place their forum will immediately stand beside the victims and their family with medical and legal support.

Gayeshwar said they formed the forum as per directives of their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman.

Selima Rahman said the growing incidents of rape, killing and repression have badly engulfed the entire country. “Guardians are seriously worried about the security of their girls and children. The repression of women and children marked a sharp raise due to the misrule and lack of accountability of the government.”

She alleged that all the previous records of violence against women and children have broken during the current regime as ruling party men are involved with most such incidents. “Bangladesh has now become a den of rape. From the nine-month-old baby girl to 80-year-old women are not spared from the lust of rapists.”

Selima said they came up with the forum as part of their social movement against prevailing violence against women and children and social unjust.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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