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Pressure Burma to stop Rohingya killings – SUJAN


Dhaka – Leaders of Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (SUJAN) on Thursday drew the attention of international community including the United Nations to continue pressure on Myanmar government to immediately stop the mass killing and persecution of Rohingya people in the Rakhine state.
Condemning the incident, Prof Dr CR Abrar of Dhaka University in a written statement said, “The Myanmar government is now involved in the ethnic killing in north Arakan. They are indiscriminately firing on Rohingya and charging bayonets and using helicopter gunship.”
Mentioning the report of Human Rights Watch, he said, they have found images of burning down houses stretching about 100 m of at least 10 spots of Maungdaw and Rathedaung areas.
The observation came at a press conference on ‘Rohingya Problems: A Human Issue’ at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital.
Abrar said, “Several thousands of Rohingya people have been victims of killings, rape and persecution by Myanmar Army and their associates. Thousands of Rohingyas are being refugees after crossing international borders to get rid of the situation. About 1.74 lakh Rohingyas have entered into Bangladesh and a huge number of them are waiting to enter.”
He further said, “The local and international media are showing the pictures of the Rohingyas especially women, children, old people and physically challenged persons who are fleeing from the persecution. These people are weak and emaciate and hungry.”
SUJAN leaders placed several demands including continuous pressure on Myanmar government to stop the persecution, urging the neighbouring countries to take initiatives to resolve the problem, Bangladesh government should withdraw the proposal of conducting joint operation with Myanmar, ensuring food and shelter for Rohingyas, taking steps to return the Rohingyas and increasing diplomatic readiness to return the citizenships of Rohingyas.
SUJAN secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said, “It is not a political or party matter. It is a human disaster. We cannot remain silent as human beings. We want a permanent and sustainable solution to the problem.”
Columnist Abul Maksud said, “We have given shelter to five to six lakh Rohingyas. It’s a human aspect but Bangladesh and Myanmar government can resolve the matter. The neighbouring countries have to come forward.”
“We need to review our foreign policy. We are not weak like other countries. We have to inform others that we have the power to give a proper reply,” he added.
SUJAN executive member Dr Tofail Ahmed said, “At least six lakh people have entered into Cox’s Bazar. It is difficult to give shelter to such a huge number of people. The situation has taken a serious turn. It may bring disaster for us.” – Staff Reporter


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