Prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the G7 outreach session proposed a four-point specific action to resolve the ongoing Rohingya crisis, including persuading Myanmar to implement the bilateral agreements with Bangladesh for safe and sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas, Agencies report.
She placed the four-point action seeking more support from the international community, especially from the G7 countries, at the session at Manoir Richelieu Hotel in La Malbaie on Saturday.
The actions are persuading Myanmar to implement the bilateral agreements with Bangladesh for safe and sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas; pursuing with Myanmar to implement the recommendations of Rakhine Advisory Commission immediately and unconditionally, working towards adoption of resolution at the UN Security Council imposing appropriate and adequate sanctions against the responsible entities and taking action to ensure accountability and justice for the mass atrocity crimes or human rights violations or human rights violations committed against Rohingya.
“To implement the bilateral agreements, Myanmar should take necessary steps to create conducive environment in Rakhine State,” she said.
“The Myanmar government should take measures for implementing the Kofi Annan Commission’s recommendations to address the root causes and stop the recurrence of the Rohingya exodus. In this regard, we need more support from the international community, especially from the G-7countries,” Hasina said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is currently hosting 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals –Rohingyas.
The Rohingyas have come to Bangladesh to save their lives as they have been facing ethnic cleansing in their own country, and the local people have opened their homes and hearts for the distressed Rohingyas and shared their food with them, she said.
Expressing her sincere appreciation for the international community for their support on the Rohingya issue, Hasina said the international community has graciously stood beside Bangladesh.
The UN and other NGOs are providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas and 122 local and international NGOs and UN agencies are currently working in Cox’s Bazar camps, the PM told her audience.
“We’ve our own constraints, yet we’re providing them with safe shelter, medicare and other basic services from our own resources.”
“We’re also taking necessary precautions for the impending monsoon and cyclone season. We’ve decided to relocate some 100,000 Rohingyas living vulnerably on hill-tops to a safer place in an island named Bhashanchar. This place is habitable, secure and would have adequate protection to natural calamities,” she said.
Hasina said there will be better living conditions and livelihood opportunities in Bashanchar and her government is building cyclone shelters there.
She said, “I said it earlier and will say it again – ‘the root of the Rohingya problem lies in Myanmar and the solution has to be found in Myanmar’. The Rohingyas must be able to return to their homes where they lived for centuries.”
Mentioning that Bangladesh has already signed agreements with Myanmar to ensure their right to return, she said, “We’ve also involved UNHCR to make sure the return is permanent and sustainable.”
Besides, the prime minister focused on climate change a well as ocean resources and blue economy. Earlier, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Sheikh Hasina when she reached the venue of the outreach session.
Justin Trudeau invited 12 world leaders, including Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, to take part in the session.
Sheikh Hasina for the third time participated in such outreach programme of the G7, the group of seven countries with advanced economies — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States — in the world.
She earlier took part in the outreach meeting of the G7 Summits held in Italy in 2001 and in Japan in 2016.