Multi-year planning, education & more support for host communities need until Rohingya repatriation: Civil societies

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Dhaka, June 14: Members of the civil society and international organization suggested for taking multi-year planning, education and more support for host communities until repatriation of the Rohingya people.If the forcibly displaced Rohingya people by the Myanmar military are engaged in formal education and other activities—they won’t able to involve in unlawful activities.

Speakers at a round table discussion on “Human Dignity to Rohingya People: Bangladesh Perspective” said while addressing at a city hotel on Thursday.

The round table was organized jointly by COAST and an NGO working in Cox’s Bazar in association with UNHCR.

The speakers also discussed on various issues including present response on Rohingya crisis taking consideration as the uncertainty of Rohingya repatriation which the issue becoming more complexity.

The country’s leading human rights and civil society activists, including Syed Abul Maksud, Shirin Haque, Barrister Manzoor Hasan, Nayeem Gowhar Warha and Asif Munir spoke at the roundtable.

Besides, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Mohammed Abul Kalam, UNHCR Bangladesh Representative Steven Corliss and President of Cox’s Bazar Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abu Morshed Chowdhury also spoke at the round table.

Mujibul Hague Munir of COAST presented the key note paper at the roundtable and executive director of COAST Rezaul Karim Chowdhury moderated function.

Speakers urged for ensuring continued human dignity of the Rohingya people by allowing them to engage meaningful and productive activities—so that they won’t become idle.

Mohammed Abul Kalam, rejected the prevailing negative perceptions of Rohingyas.

In his experience of dealing with this Rohingya crisis from the beginning, the RRC said, adding that they are normal, religious, law abiding people, but they are the victims of atrocities and negative propaganda systematically propagated by the Myanmar army.

“It is important that we are speaking about the situation accurately and based on facts,” Kalam said.

Steven Corliss said, “the root cause of Rohingya refugee’s displacement and the solutions to this crisis lies in Myanmar.”

Specially the humanitarian response of the Bangladeshi people to Rohingya people is really appreciable, he said, adding that and suggested we needed to keep a distinct focus on supporting affected host communities to ensure peaceful social unity as the response continues.

Special attention is also needed including assistance to local communities, he added.

Renowned columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has probed her broader mind through opening the border allowing forcibly displaced Myanmar people into Bangladesh.

“We should keep up her humanitarian spirit that PM shown in open mind. It is our national responsibility to keep the spirit,” he noted.

Shirin Haque of Narripakkha said that Rohingya children and adolescents should be provided higher education.

The Rohingya women could be given health care training and be engaged in productive work, so that they are less likely fall prey to traffickers and religious fanatics, she observed.

Barrister Manzoor Hasan of BRAC University pleaded for Rohingya people’s voice in the decision making.

He also urged for education and productive technical education to the Rohingya youths, who constitute more than half of the refugee population.

Abu Morshed Chodhury said that the Rohingya people should be considered as being able to contribute to the market and as a productive force and as potential to boost Cox’s Bazar economy.