Live Correspondent: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today feared that lingering the Rohingya crisis may encourage radicalism that would create uncertainty and instability in the entire region in future.
“If this problem (displacement of Rohingya) lingers for a long time, it may encourage creating pockets of radicalism and that may create problem of uncertainty and instability not only for Myanmar and Bangladesh but also for the entire region,” he said while addressing a seminar in the capital.
Dr Momen said, “Therefore, the Rohingyas must go back to their homes, earliest the better.”
Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Ministry and the United Nations (UN) Bangladesh office jointly organised the seminar titled “Bangladesh and Human Rights” at a city hotel.
The foreign minister said Bangladesh seeks solid-rock standing and proactive cooperation of the international community to end atrocities and the worst form of human rights violation termed by UN High Commissioner of Human Rights as ‘classic example of ethnic cleansing’ and by others as ‘genocide’ in Myanmar.
“Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, by allowing the persecuted people of Rakhine province of Myanmar, has saved the face of the global leaders from ignominy and disgrace,” the minister said.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has become a ‘role model of humanity’ and a ‘leader of the world in protecting human rights and values’ by sheltering these persecuted people.
“No wonder, the UN members overwhelmingly voted Bangladesh again into its Human Rights Commission,” he observed.
The foreign minister urged all including the civil society, bureaucrats, professionals, academia, media and scholars to discuss about the challenges in promoting and protecting human rights with a special focus in promoting a ‘culture of peace’ and a ‘culture of human rights’ away from violence, hate mongering and wars.
As ‘right to development is a human right’, Momen said, Bangladesh achieved commendable success in its economic development and human rights. A ‘bottomless basket’ has become a ‘vibrant economy’, ‘a standard bearer of the South’ and as per UN Secretary General, ‘a model of economic development’, he added
UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo also spoke in the seminar.
Dhaka, 10 February, (campuslive24.com)//IH