Bangladesh protests Myanmar’s military build-up along south-eastern border
September 14th, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Bangladesh protests Myanmar’s military build-up along south-eastern border

Our Correspondent in Dhaka

Bangladesh has protested military build-up at the other side of its south-eastern border with Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, officials said on Monday.

Foreign ministry official Delwar Hossain said Bangladesh wants its neighbor to stop the suspicious movement of its troops along the border amid a protracted refugee crisis that stemmed out of persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The ministry summoned the Myanmar’s envoy in Dhaka, Aung Kyaw Moeand, on Sunday and lodged the protest, said Hossain adding that such activities could create confusions against the backdrop of already existing crisis.

Bangladesh Rohingya
A new Rohingya settlement in Balukhali of Cox’s Bazar — Photo by Nazrul Islam

“We have asked him to convey this message to the proper authorities,” Delwar told reporters in Dhaka.

Bangladesh has been hosting more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims, who fled persecution in Myanmar, in squalid camps in south-eastern Cox’s Bazar district for years.

Of them, nearly 750,000 crossed the border after a brutal military crackdown was launched on the ethnic group in Rakhine in August 2017.

The clampdown, termed by the UN “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, left many Rohingya men tortured and killed, and that their women were raped, and homes torched.