Rohingyas coming from India aren’t being registered, so can’t be repatriated
Maj. Gen. (Retd) Abdur Rashid speaks to DOT :
There is no international pressure in the Rohingya exodus India. The pressure is on Bangladesh, to send them back to Myanmar. International pressure has escalated.
At least forty thousand refugees are entering Bangladesh from India. India has stated firmly, that it will not shelter any Rohingyas, and because of this the refugees in India are currently living in fear. Many of them are trying to escape into Bangladesh. Unfortunately, they are not being biometrically registered, without which it would be impossible to rehabilitate them. Some want both Bangladesh and Myanmar to come to a mutual understanding while some want it to be a multi-sided resolution. Nevertheless, diplomats are working towards both options.
Bangladesh has kept all diplomatic channels open for resolution – both bilateral and multilateral. In whichever case they succeed, the main target is to send the Rohingyas back to Myanmar in a respectful matter. The United Nations have described Rohingyas as being the world’s most persecuted community. If the UN is unable to resolve this crisis then racial segregation in different nations will continue to increase. And to stop this segregation Myanmar must recognize Rohingyas as an ethnicity. Bangladesh is walking side-by-side with international giants in finding a proper resolution to this crisis. It will only take time.
Maj. Gen. (Retd) Abdur Rashid is a Security Analyst
Interview by Jewel Khan
Translated by Abrar Hussain