Myanmar must take back its nationals: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said Rohingya refugees are Myanmar nationals and it must take its citizens back.

She described the atrocities by the Myanmar military as ‘acts against humanity and violation of human rights’.

She also said Bangladesh wants to maintain peace and good relations with neighbouring countries, but it cannot accept ‘unjust acts’ the Myanmar government are committing.

The PM was speaking while visiting a Rohingya camp and distributing relief materials among the refugees at Kutupalong Bazar in Ukhia.

“Still, the fire is burning there…people can’t find out their family members…the bodies of infants and women are floating on the Naf River, these go completely against humanity and are violation of human rights, we can’t tolerate such activities,”she said.

“We want peace, we want good relations with our neighbouring countries, but we can’t tolerate and accept any injustice,” she added.

“Myanmar has to take back their nationals, give them a safe place to live in their homeland. The international community should put pressure on the Myanmar as they’re committing such atrocities on Rohingya people, this has to be stopped,” PM said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Rohingya refugee camps at Kutupalong of Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar district to distribute aid among Rohingya refugees on Tuesday morning.

The Prime Minister reached around 11:40 am.

She talked to some Rohingya refugees in a camp of Kutupalong.

At that time, a gloomy, sad and painful situation was created in the camp area.

Earlier she left Dhaka on a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight around 9:15am on Tuesday.

The premier traveled by road to the Kutupalang refugee camp in Ukhia Upazila after she landed at the Chittagong airport.

PM Hasina is accompanied by Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Disaster Management and Relief Minister, State Minister for Defence Mosharraf Hossain and State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury.

During an inspection of the refugee camp on Monday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said, “The prime minister is working in earnest for a solution to the Rohingya crisis, she is holding several meetings with those involved.”

“She will lay out the path toward a solution during her visit to the Kutupalang camp,” he added.

She will also provide details on the steps taken by the international community to provide refuge to the Rohingyas, temporary housing and rehabilitation, strategies for the future and plans to return the Rohingyas home to Myanmar, he said.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali informed that the foreign diplomats working in Dhaka will travel to inspect the situation of the Rohingya refugees on Wednesday.

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