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Obama adds a powerful voice on Rohingya issue

Follow-up measures needed urgently

President Obama has spoken out against widespread ethnic violence in Rakhine state in his speech at Yangon University on Monday. With the death toll hovering around 180 and some 110,000 people displaced due to clashes between the dominant Buddhist and ethnic Rohingyas since June, the western state in Myanmar bordering Bangladesh has turned into a humanitarian disaster one that needs to be resolved through national reconciliation above all else.

Rakhine state is situated adjoining the Bangladesh border and hence any disruption in communal harmony over there causes problems on our side. We wholeheartedly support what President Obama has stated. We would like to add that international bodies like the UNHCR and other influential quarters in the West must persuade Myanmar to see reason and end the internal displacement of Rohingyas and their exodus.

What we now urge the Bangladesh government to do is to be proactive in mobilizing the international community in favour of calling an end to the perilous plight of Rohingyas, as well as engaging the Myanmar government on the issue bilaterally. Recent statements by Myanmar leaders with reference to the Rohingyas being immigrants from Bangladesh simply do not hold up in the face of historical fact that these people are Arakanese and they have been so for centuries. Hence attempts to push ethnic Rohingyas into Bangladesh's territory constitute a violation of international as well as human rights. It has now become imperative that the statelessness of the Rohingyas be addressed on a permanent footing by according them citizenship rights.

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We started praising Obama for his powerful voice on Rohingya issue and went on praising further through this editorial piece; but when come to raise voice against Israel and President Obama not doing the slightest bit, on the contrary supporting Israel's right to defend itself...this newspaper failed to voice it in similar fashion; it is so unfortunate.

: Hasan Hafizur Rahman

Obama, rather O bomber, is there to plant US flags. It makes me ashamed that the Bangladesh government operates such a mean kind of nationalism regarding the Rohingya, especially when it continues to throw itself, and our people onto the goodwill of other nations regarding Climate Change.

: Fuad Ali


  • shariful alam
    Wednesday, November 21, 2012 08:44 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    We want to see the end of pushing Rohingya into Bangladesh that has been continuing for decades. We strongly support US president's stand on Rohingya issue based on the humanitarian, legal and historical ground.

  • Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:39 AM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    The sectarian violence between the Rohingya Muslim minorities and the Buddhist Rakhines in Myanmar has led to widespread loss of life and property. For security reasons, thousands of Rohingyas tried to push into Bangladesh which led to worsening of bilateral relations with Bangladesh. That thehas recently been duly stressed by President Barack Obama in his speech at the Yangon University. He exhorted both the ethnic communities for restraint, tolerance and harmony. He also drew the attention of Myanmar government to play a positive role in ending the deepening humanitarian crisis with a measure of liberality and a spirit of reconciliation. We are hopeful that the problem would soon be mitigated in the Rakhine state with the help of the authorities and that includes granting of full citizenship right to the Rohingyas. The Rohingya refugees now living in Bangladesh should also be repatriated at the earliest.

  • Hossain Ahmed
    Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:36 PM GMT+06:00 (169 weeks ago)

    What President Obama has recently said in Myanmar is very positive and thought provoking for those who are working for well fare of the mankind. It is good start for Bangladesh to begin a bargain with its counterpart. Myanmar should realise the fact that these people are Arakanese and they have been so for centuries. I urge the Myanmar govt. Please do not play blame game at cost of innocent displaced people.





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