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Sectarian Clash

Myanmar claims 'Jamaat link'

Dipu Moni tells JS

The Myanmar government has conveyed its anxiety to the Bangladesh mission there that the Jamaat-e-Islami had been helping the Rohingya groups in Bangladesh with arms to incite sectarian clashes in Myanmar.

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said this in a statement in parliament yesterday.

“For the sake of its national security, Bangladesh will not allow any more Rohingya in,” she said.

Referring to appeals from different human rights bodies and non-government organisations to allow the Rohingyas to enter Bangladesh, Dipu Moni said Dhaka was not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol.

“Therefore, under no convention or protocol are we obliged to shelter the Rohingyas.

“Although we are not bound by any international laws, considering our experience of the 1971 [Liberation War], we have been sheltering the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds," she told the House.

Remembering Bangladesh refugees taking shelter in India during the Liberation War, she said, “We have never forgotten it and that's why Bangladesh always extends its helping hands when such incidents take place.”

“In 1971, there was a war going on in Bangladesh. There was mass killing, looting and rape taking place…. We are grateful that the Indira Gandhi government and the people of India stood beside the Bangladesh refugees.”

But Myanmar's situation is not similar to that of Bangladesh in 1971, she added.

“The situation is not as if the Rohingya people have no place to go. We ourselves face many problems. We have allowed many Rohingyas to live in our country and we do not want to add to our problems by allowing more of them in.

“The country [Myanmar] is not forcing its citizens to leave the country. This is a sectarian clash in which the state is not involved. The Myanmar government is rather working to resolve the problem,” she added.

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If our border guards can stop entering refugees, why they can stop supplying arms from our country to feul the riot, if there is any. Govt should investigate this issue thoroughly if BDR is linked in this connection, otherwise in future we may see another BDR mutiny or same riot inside our country by these fanatics.

: AA

Evil forces creating anarchy everywhere.

: Turja, canada

Comments

  • kishore
    Friday, June 15, 2012 01:06 PM GMT+06:00 (128 weeks ago)

    I agree with the FM. The situation is not such severe that people have to take shelter in another country. Already we are burdened with refugees. Bangladesh is not a rich country. So, for survival these refugees may resort to many unfair means which may go beyond control posing threat to our security and economy if we accept this migrating trend to continue.

  • dr islam
    Friday, June 15, 2012 02:51 PM GMT+06:00 (128 weeks ago)

    I am not at all a Jaamat fan. But in this case its the government of Myanmar who is solely responsible to protect her own minority. Pointing fingers on a party of foreign nation will not solve the this humanitarian issue. Myanmar's legacy of very poor human right record might take long time to improve.

  • London Eye
    Friday, June 15, 2012 04:14 PM GMT+06:00 (128 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh government is advised to fully investigate Jamat and should offer Myanmar cooperation to root out the seeds of problem. If proved its involvement, government should take measures against the racist organisation.

  • Moslehuddin
    Friday, June 15, 2012 05:52 PM GMT+06:00 (128 weeks ago)

    Was it necessary to link Jamt with this problem? The matter is not necessarily to be linked with any Bangladeshi politics. It's totally a humanitarian case we should take it humanely.

  • OpeeMonir
    Friday, June 15, 2012 12:11 PM GMT+06:00 (128 weeks ago)

    Not allowing Rohingyas to enter Bangladesh on humanitarian ground will be an act of disgrace. Trying to use the Jamaat link as a political advantage will be also another act in dispersion and may backfire too; it is not a healthy politics at all. We must restrain ourselves from this backwardness.

  • Amer Chowdhury, London
    Friday, June 15, 2012 04:10 AM GMT+06:00 (128 weeks ago)

    A very accurate statement by the foreign minister - the refugee issue is a result of conflict between two groups in Myanmar, so it should be the Myanmar government fixing it. The international community should also exert pressure on Myanmar instead of being blinded by the potential to exploit untapped resources there!


 

 


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