Bangladesh Ambassador called upon the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Myanmar to work towards early implementation of the bilateral return arrangements and urged the UN to scale up its programs in Rakhine State to support the Rohingyas on their return. Ambassador Fatima was addressing the General Assembly today following the briefing by Dr. NoeleenHeyzer, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar.
Five years have passed since the Rohingyas fled home in one of the largest exoduses in recent history. The promise of a safe return remains unfulfilled. Not a single Rohingya has been able to return home. 1.2 million of them remain in a state of uncertainty in Bangladesh. Those remaining in Myanmar are either languishing in IDP camps or under constant threat of forced displacement and insecurity,” said Ambassador Fatima.
The Ambassador called upon the UN, especially the Security Council, to respond with urgency to the recurrent and protracted Rohingya crisis by addressing the root causes of the crisis. She called upon the international community to focus on creating the right conditions in Myanmar by referring to the efforts of Bangladesh in providing food, shelter, education, health care, and protection to the Rohingyas.
Efforts on our side alone will not bring about any lasting solution to the problem. What is needed are actions and programs in Myanmar, to create the conditions conducive for the return of this population, in dignity, to their homes. And that is the most desired durable solution and the aspiration of the Rohingyas themselves,” she added.
In this regard, she also stressed the importance of ensuring accountability for all violations and abuses in Myanmar and called upon the Security Council to monitor compliance with the Provisional Measures issued by the International Court of Justice in the case initiated by the Gambia on behalf of the OIC.
My government is doing everything in its power to ensure justice for the Rohingya victims. We are providing full support to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and to the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM) in their efforts.” Ambassador Fatima urged all countries, especially the regional countries, to provide access and cooperation to all the ongoing accountability mechanisms to ensure justice to the Rohingya Muslims; and prevent future recurrence.
The Ambassador expressed appreciation to ASEAN for its efforts to find a resolution to the crisis in Myanmar including by early and full implementation of the five-point consensus concluded between the ASEAN and the Myanmar authorities. She called upon the Special Envoy to continue her engagement with the ASEAN member states, and other countries in the region, in securing a sustained political solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis.
The Special Envoy in her briefing expressed concerns at the current situation in Myanmar, which continues to remain volatile with grave impacts on the civilians including the Rohingya Muslims. While acknowledging the generosity of the Government of Bangladesh, she reminded the international community of its responsibility toward the Rohingyas. She shared her future work plan in Myanmar which represents a multipronged approach involving the peace, development, and humanitarian actors and engagements at both vertical and horizontal levels.
Following the briefing, the member States delivered remarks, in which they expressed their full support to the efforts of the Special Envoy as well as the complementary role of the ASEAN. The member States commended the exemplary humanitarian leadership of the Government of Bangladesh and expressed their commitment to support Bangladesh in its efforts to forge a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.