Myanmar worried over mounting international pressure
Muhammad Zamir, Former Ambassador, International Affairs Analyst:
Myanmar is now worried over the growing international pressure. Aung San Suu Kyi refuses to confess the ethnic cleansing carried out on the Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. Now she claims that they have implemented 81 percent of the 88 recommendations put forward by Kofi Annan Commission on the Rohingya issue. Does it ring true? How could she come up with such claim?
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in her recent remarks in Singapore tried to convey a message it is only Bangladesh, which can decide how quickly Rohingyas would return to Myanmar apparently blaming Dhaka for the delay.
An international report has already come with details as to how many people were killed in the Rakhine state, how many were raped and how many houses were torched. However, Suu Kyi turns a blind to the atrocities saying that the report is not acceptable.
In a joint statement, 132 sitting MPs from five countries –Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Timor-Leste -including 22 members of Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights, called on members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by its chairperson former UN chief Kofi Annan, made some recommendations in its 63-page report titled “Towards a peaceful, fair and prosperous future for the people of Rakhine”.
During her speech at the UN’s annual meeting last year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “Sustainable return of all the forcibly displaced Myanmar Rohingyas to their homes must be ensured so that they can return to their homeland safely and securely with dignity.”
However, Myanmar is yet to ensure a favorable environment where the Rohingyas can return to their homeland safely and securely with dignity.
Bangladesh has done more than enough by providing shelter to ten lakh Rohingyas. However, Myanmar is not responding as expected. Because, they are not willing to take back their nationals. Some countries have already mounted pressure on Myanmar in this respect. The USA has already taken up some important steps while the Asean countries are uniting. As a result, Myanmar is now much more worried than before.
Based on an interview by Ashiq Rahman, translated by Hossen Sohel