Myanmar To End the Rohingy Exodus: But What About the Violence?
The Rohingya repatriation plan is in the works. Or at least that’s what foreign minister to Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali tells the press.
On Monday, reports state that Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to work together to find a solution for “the world’s most persecuted minority.”
Although no direct word has come from the Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, representative Kyaw Tint Swe has confirmed that the countries are in the process of coming up with a solution for the Muslim minority. Mahmood Ali also tells the media that “talks were held in a friendly atmosphere and that Myanmar has made a proposal to take back the Rohingya refugees.” No further details were given.
And as talks are still ongoing about the proposed course of action to allow the Rohingya back into their homeland, there is still no discussion regarding the safety of these people should they return.
The Rohingya have been denied citizenship and are labeled as “illegal immigrants” in Myanmar, despite the fact that their ancestry has been rooted in Burma for centuries.
The Burmese government has long denied its mistreatment of the minority group, justifying the killing of hundreds by stating that the waves of violence in the Buddhist-majority country—brought mainly by military operations—were meant to target Islamic terrorists.
However, the use of excessive force has long concerned the United Nations. Myanmar has not been providing sufficient assistance to those in need. Many of the Rohingya Muslims—including the children—have died drowning after having been evacuated from their homes and as they make their way to safety in Bangladesh.
No statements from either the Bangladeshi or Burmese government have addressed these concerns.