Friday, November 24, 2017

Govt failing to shelter or send back Rohingyas: BNP

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-09-07 02:00:45 BdST


The Bangladesh government has been failing to shelter or send back Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, the BNP has said.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Dhaka's diplomats have been sitting idle while countries like Indonesia and Turkey are sending representatives to address the crisis.

"The UN has been making statements. But our envoys are not going anywhere. The government has not even raised this issue at the UN," he told a discussion on Wednesday.

Rohingya refugees walk to the nearest village after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 5, 2017. Reuters

In the past 12 days, at least 146,000 refugees have reached Bangladesh by land, river and sea to escape a violent army operation in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

The UN fears that numbers could reach 300,000.

"The government is failing to shelter these refugees who have come here praying for that. The government has also failed to create diplomatic pressure on Myanmar, which should take back these people and let them live without fear. The government couldn’t do this."