Indonesian minister in Dhaka for talks on Rohingya
September 5th, 2017 at 4:24 pm
Indonesian minister in Dhaka for talks on Rohingya

Dhaka – Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi arrived in Dhaka Tuesday to hold discussion with her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on possible ways to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

Marsudi, who had a trip to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar last time she visited Bangladesh in December, is also expected to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the evening.

She visited Myanmar to hold meeting with Burmese military and civilian leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday.

More than 123,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after violence broke out in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state on August 25. The civilians flee their homes as their relatives were killed, houses burnt allegedly by the Burmese army and their cohorts.

Four mainly Muslims nations asked Myanmar authorities to stop genocide in Rakhine State.

More than 1 million Rohingya Muslims are subject to persecution for decades in Myanmar. The government does not recognize them as Myanmar citizen despite they have been living in the area for generations.

The persecution forced them to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh since 1978. The largest influx was reported in the 1990s when military launched crackdown on them.

In 2012, more people were driven away from their home. Yet another blow on the Rohingya Muslims came in October 2016 when the army launched an anti-insurgency clampdown responding to an attack on a police post by suspected insurgents that led nine security persons killed. More than 87,000 Rohingya crossed after the clampdown.

The latest surge of Rohingya to Bangladesh began on August 25 when the Burmese military launched a ‘clearance operation’ against suspected insurgents. More than 400 people were killed, according to the army. The civilian sources say the number of casualty was much higher than that the army say.

Bangladesh has been hosting now more than nearly 600,000 Rohingya Muslins in squalid camps. Thirty-four thousands of them are only registered as refuge under the UN refugee agency.