Bangladesh and Myanmar indulge in blame games as the innocent continue to die
|By Chandan Sarkar|
Nov 26, Dhaka: The Rohingya community who have been living in Rakhine state in Myanmar for generations are being ill treated by the Burmese government and are being displaced because they refuse to recognize this population as Burmese and call them illegal Bangladeshi immigrants The violence in Rakhine state in 2012 left scores dead and so many displaced, as many entered Bangladesh as refugees. Today, over 500,000 people are living illegally in Bangladesh, including the Rohingya people.
After a long 25 years Noble laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s national league won the election,but her government has failed to protect the human rights of the Rohingya. Although presidential spokesman Zaw Htay says the international media is misreporting the issue, but raises serious doubts about his claims that Bangladesh houses so many Rohingyarefugees.
Last Wednesday, the Bangladeshi foreign ministry summoned Myanmar’s Ambassador to express’ deep concern’ for Rohingya are coming to Bangladesh due to Rohingya people are cross the border. Bangladesh has more that 33,000 registered Rohingya in two camps Kutupalong and Noyapara camps at Cox Bazar. The Myanmar government should solve this crisis immediately.
The Rohingya Population sent back by Bangladesh
As thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled into Bangladesh on Friday after being attacked by the authorities, were being pushed back by the Bangladeshi authorities, according to Amnesty International.The Rohingya were fleeing military operations in Myanmar in which scores of people have been killed and as many as 30,000 displaced, "but the Bangladeshi border guards have detained and forcibly returned hundreds of people. “The Rohingya are being squeezed by the callous actions of both the Burmese [Myanmar] and Bangladesh authorities,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty’s South Asia director.“Fleeing collective punishment in Burma, they are being pushed back by the Bangladesh authorities. Trapped between these cruel fates, their desperate need for food, water and medical care is not being addressed.”
Fate of Bangladeshi Hindus too dwindles
Similarly, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has maintained silence against the recent atrocities against Hindus of Nasir Nagar and Gobondragonj, over a facebook rumour. After the houses of the Hindus in Nasir Nagar were burnt down, they are now forced to live under the open sky in winter, because the government wont support them them.
The Hindu community in Bangladesh have been tortured and killed and though the government will not admit, this is an ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Bangladesh and of Muslims in Burma, yet these atrocities continue as both the governments allow it to happen.
According to the American Hindu Foundation, Hindus have been a disappearing minority in Bangladesh well before the violence in 2001. As Hindus comprised of 31% of the population in 1947 but by 2002 had declined to a meager 9% and today makeup even less of the population.
The foundation further stated that the International human rights organizations have been remiss in acknowledging the full extent of the genocide. While Amnesty International has procured significant factual data, the State Department-supported United States Commission on International Religious Freedom provides only limited documentation of ongoing atrocities against Hindus in Bangladesh.
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