Dhaka – The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has called the international community for urgent measures to resolve the largest refugee crisis in Asia in decades that unfolded between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The call came at the conclusion of the 63rd CPA conference in Dhaka as an estimated 611,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched an offensive against suspected Muslim insurgents blamed for carrying out attacks on security posts in Rakhine state.
The influx of Rohingya has created an urgent humanitarian crisis in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar bordering Myanmar.
The CPA general assembly, adopted a statement by consensus, said the organisation affirms the collective will of the membership of the commonwealth Parliamentary Association to call for urgent action from the international community to resolve the crisis.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali welcomed the statement.
All commonwealth parliaments and parliamentarians called on to condemn the atrocities, oppression, ethnic cleansing, displacement and all gross violation of human rights including loss innocent lives in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.
The CPA urged the Myanmar government to stop the violence immediately in the Rakhine state immediately, unconditionally, and indefinitely and to ensure the sustainable return of all forcibly displaced Rohingya sheltered in Bangladesh and other countries to their land homes within shortest possible time.
The conference also called for full implementation of the recommendations of the advisory commission on Rakhine state that includes citizenship of the stateless Rohingya.
The CPA member states also called upon the Myanmar authorities to take urgent measures to ensure the sustainable return of the Rohingya in the Rakhine state in safety, security, dignity and with guaranteed livelihood.
The parliamentarians participated in the conference highly appreciated the efforts of the Bangladesh government, particularly the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her decision to open the borders to shelter the displaced Rohingya.
All commonwealth member states have been invited to help in security basic rights for the Rohingya, extend humanitarian support and join the efforts of the Bangladesh and international community towards a sustainable return of Rohingya.
At the CPA conference on November 5, Foreign Minister Ali addressed the press briefing to let delegates participating in the conference know the Rohingya situation.
Bangladesh has been hosting yet another 400,000 Rohingya Muslims who were driven away from their homes in the late 1970s and early 1990s.
The United Nations called the Myanmar atrocities as the textbook example of ethnic cleaning.