POST TIME: 18 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Rohingya crisis
Bangladesh seeks Indonesia support
UNB, Dhaka

Bangladesh seeks 
Indonesia support

Bangladesh has sought continued support from Indonesia for early solution to Rohingya crisis. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen sought the support when his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi phoned him on Wednesday congratulating him on his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. The Indonesian Foreign Minister expressed conviction that the friendly relations between Bangladesh and Indonesia will be augmented further based on mutual understanding and respect in the years ahead, said the Foreign Ministry here on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Marsudi visited Bangladesh in 2016 and 2017 and discussed the Rohingya issue with Bangladesh leadership. Indonesian President Joko Widodo also visited Bangladesh last year and discussed the Rohingya issue. More than 720,000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar's western Rakhine state to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in the face of a brutal military crackdown that began in August, 2016.

Survivors brought with them testimony of widespread murder, rape, torture and arson and are fearful of going back to Rakhine state without guarantees of safety, freedom of movement and citizenship.

With this exodus of Rohingyas, the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar now houses over 1 million Rohingya people from Myanmar.

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed the deal in November, 2017 but the UN has repeatedly said that any repatriations  must be "safe, dignified and voluntary".

UN investigators have called for the country's top military brass to be prosecuted for genocide at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the crackdown.

Myanmar vehemently rejects the court's jurisdiction over the country and insists the military campaign was justified to defend itself against Rohingya terrorists.

The UN fact-finding team also said that civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi's government -- in a power-sharing agreement with the military -- were complicit in the atrocities against the Rohingya through their "acts and omissions".