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10:21 PM, September 11, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:39 PM, September 11, 2017

Parliament resolve to push Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution urging the United Nations and the international community to exert strong diplomatic pressure on Myanmar government to take back Rohingya people, ensure their safe accommodation and give citizenship rights.

Ruling Awami League lawmaker Dipu Moni placed the resolution in the House, which was adopted by voice votes.

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The parliament passed the resolution in the wake of fresh refugee inflow triggered by the counter-offensive launched by the Myanmarese military following insurgent attacks on 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine State on August 25.

Participating in the several hour long discussions, lawmakers irrespective of treasury, opposition and independent MPs urged the international community to form a safe zone for Rohingya people inside Myanmar under the supervision of United Nations.

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Terming the ongoing brutality against Rohingya people as genocide, MPs also urged world community to file complaint against Myanmar government in the international criminal court for carrying out ethnic cleansing in Rakhine.

MPs also sharply criticized Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her oblivious attitude to stop the ongoing brutality against Rohingya and suggested that the Noble Committee withdraw the Nobel Prize awarded to her for her contribution in peace.

Several MPs also advocated the Noble Committee for giving Noble Prize to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the way she handled the Rohingya crisis.

In the resolution, Dipu Moni, also a former minister said, “The United Nations and the world community should be urged to exert strong diplomatic pressures on Myanmar government for stopping continuous repression on the religious and minority community -- Rohingya people in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, refraining Myanmar government from pushing Rohingyas in Bangladesh by ousting them from their homeland, ensuring their safe accommodation for by bringing them back to Myanmar and giving them rights of citizenship.”

She also said Rohingya people are Myanmar’s nationals historically. “They have been living for more than 500 years in Arakan state (now Rakhine state)… Some 16 Muslim emperors ruled Arakan empires in between 1404 to 1612,” Dipu Moni, also chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Ministry, said.

“Raja Bodhapoya grabbed Arakan in 1784 and merged it with then Myanmar. Arakan remains a part of Myanmar while the Union of Burma got independence from British in 1948. Cultural bondage remain exist between people of this country and people of Arakan for many decades due to geographical proximity.”

Dipu Moni said the Myanmar army and their border security force are misusing the Rohingya people’s good relation with our people for brutal eliminating the religious and ethnic minority community which should be stopped immediately.

Placing the resolution under the provision 147 (1) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament, she also said tens of thousands of Rohingyas have taken shelter inside Bangladesh crossing the border following the recent persecution of minority community.

As of Sunday, around 3,00,000 people have arrived in the last two weeks, pushing the number of Rohingyas living in this country to over 6,00,000.

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