‘Myanmar must stop inhuman persecution on Rohingya’: PM

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Desk report, September 13: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged neighbouring Myanmar to stop inhuman persecution on Rohingya people.She also asked the country (Myanmar) to take back the refugees saying Bangladesh wants friendly relations with Naypyidaw but not tolerate injustice.

The premier made the comments as she visited the Kutupalong Refugee Camp as surges of displaced Myanmar people hit Bangladesh since eruption of violence their northern Rakhine State last month.

She said, “We want peace and a friendly relation with neighbouring countries. But, we cannot allow and accept any kind of unjust and our protest will continue to this end.”

Sheikh Hasina also distributed relief among the Myanmar nationals who took makeshift refuge at Kutupalong Refugee Camp and assured them of her government continued humanitarian assistance.

The ruling Awami League president also said the government will continue to providing food and medical treatment to the Myanmar refugees and there will be no problem in this regard.

“We must stay beside the Myanmar refugees and extend all kinds of help to them as long as they don’t return to their country we will remain beside them,” she said.

she added: “Bangladesh is a country of 16 crore people and we’ve ensured their basic needs, we have also a capability to provide all kinds of help including food and healthcare services to the Myanmar refugees.”

The premier simultaneously renewed her call upon international community to mount intensified pressures on Myanmar authorities to stop torture on its ethnic minority population in Rakhaine and take back the Myanmar refugees from Bangladesh.

“They (Rakhine refugees) are human beings and they will live as human beings. Why will they sustain such miseries?” she put question.

Sheikh Hasina added: “Myanmar has no rights to deny the Rakhaine people as they are their citizens’. It will have to provide security to these people so that remain safe in their country.”