Rohingya Issue

Dhaka to brief diplomats today

Bangladesh will brief diplomats stationed in Dhaka about the latest situation on the Rohingya issue today, as two consecutive efforts to begin the repatriation of the displaced people failed amid their unwillingness and distrust in the Myanmar government.

April 26, 2018
April 26, 2018

UNSC trip all too crucial

The UN Security Council's forthcoming visit to Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to be an opportunity for both the countries to garner the high-powered body's support in favour of their respective strategies on the Rohingya issue.

April 13, 2018
April 13, 2018

Myanmar's assurance

The statement of the visiting minister of Myanmar, Win Myat Aye, that his country would like to take back its Rohingya nationals sheltered in Bangladesh as soon as possible should be backed up by substantiated actions. So far, Myanmar has been procrastinating and delaying the process by putting newer conditions.

April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018

Protected return to protected homeland

Last week, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her dismay at the stalemate on the repatriation of the Rohingyas. “We've been making various efforts… but there has been virtually no progress,” she said. A day earlier, her foreign affairs adviser, Gowher Rizvi, called for re-imposition of sanctions against Burma. “Without pressure, nothing will happen. Myanmar won't be secure for the Rohingyas. If Myanmar is not secure, Rohingyas will

April 9, 2018
April 9, 2018

Firmer actions needed

That very little progress has been made with regard to the repatriation of the Rohingyas has been amply expressed by the prime minister in her meeting with the secretary general of Amnesty International very recently. The statement of the PM's special advisor on foreign affairs that unless sanction is imposed on Myanmar, their repatriation and a sustainable solution to the Rohingya issue are very unlikely, speaks of the intractability of the problem.

April 2, 2018
April 2, 2018

Rohingya camps potentially in harm's way

The makeshift Rohingya camps in Ukhia of Cox's Bazar are at grave risk of being wiped out by landslide and are vulnerable to being ravaged in case of a nor'wester or cyclone as monsoon approaches.

February 8, 2018
February 8, 2018

All problems can be solved thru' dialogue

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that it was possible to resolve all problems with neighbouring countries through dialogue, no matter how complex those were.

November 17, 2017
November 17, 2017

Asean Summit and the Rohingya issue

This year's Asean Summit ended on November 15 with the commitment to forge cooperation for peace, security and development. Asean and other world leaders attending the summit also pledged to boost business, investment and trade.

November 9, 2017
November 9, 2017

Rohingya Issue: FM briefs envoys of Myanmar's neighbours

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday met with envoys of the four countries sharing borders with Myanmar to discuss the

October 25, 2017
October 25, 2017

Case for a UN Interim Administration in Rakhine

The situation has been further aggravated by the fact that host Bangladesh is itself a poor country, with a high population density, and that the country's southeast region is not the most geographically accessible area, with hilly terrains and lack of proper infrastructure.

October 3, 2017
October 3, 2017

Rohingyas in Bangladesh: Myanmar proposes taking them back

Myanmar yesterday formally proposed taking back the Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh but offered no specifics on how the repatriation of such a massive refugee population should take place. Bangladesh, on the other hand, proposed a bilateral agreement to facilitate the repatriation process and handed over a draft of the proposed deal to a visiting minister of the neighbouring country.