On June 23, 2021, during the ninth Moscow Conference on International Security, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated a request for global cooperation to ensure the dignified and peaceful repatriation of Rohingya refugees, stating that “they are posing huge security threat to Bangladesh as well as the region.”
Earlier, on June 16, expressing similar concers, the foreign minister of Bangladesh, A.K. Abdul Momen, during a bilateral meeting with the United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York, sought a clear roadmap from the U.N. for repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. Momen said that if repatriations did not start soon, it would only deteriorate the overall situation in Cox’s Bazar, where large numbers of Rohingya are camped, and create instability in the region and beyond.
Bangladesh’s recent calls for repatriations yet again raise the unresolved issue of the Rohingya crisis more broadly and Dhaka’s intensifying concern over hosting nearly 1.1 million Rohingya, most of whom have been in the country since August 2017, following a military crackdown by Myanmar. Moreover, the onset of a political crisis in Myanmar, following the military’s coup in February 2021, has distracted international attention from Rohingya refugees to the country’s domestic political situation.
While the solution to the crisis lies in the safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya to Myanmar, it is equally important to acknowledge Bangladesh’s growing concern over hosting the refugees. The protracted presence of Rohingya refugees has put pressure on Bangladesh’s resources, causing conflict and insecurity for locals, which is detrimental to the internal political stability of the country. Additionally, it also strains Bangladesh’s relations with Myanmar.
Jul 24, 2021Police and civil authorities in the Indian capital have demolished a makeshift mosque in a Rohingya camp, say the refugees, weeks after a massive fire had engulfed the settlement. The mosque, made up of tarpaulin sheets and bamboo sticks, was bulldozed at about 7am local time (01:30 GMT) on Thursday, at the camp located in […]