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Sheikh Hasina urges on international leaders to “take seriously” the issue of Rohingya refugees being repatriated to Myanmar

Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, has called on international leaders to “act decisively” in order to facilitate the return of forcibly displaced Rohingya refugees to their homeland in Myanmar. Hasina made the following remarks during the ceremonial opening of the Paris Peace Forum, which took place at the Grande Halle de la Villette: “The international community must take strong action to ensure that these people return to Myanmar as soon as possible. The crisis’s security threats will not be contained inside our borders if we do not act quickly to address them. We already see the start of this.”

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stated in her speech titled, ‘Minding the Gap: Improving Global Governance after Covid-19,’ that the country saved the world from a major regional crisis by providing temporary shelter to Myanmar’s internally displaced people – the Rohingya community – in August 2017. Following assaults on isolated police outposts in western Myanmar by armed groups claiming to be from within the Rohingya community, the complicated Rohingya refugee crisis emerged in August 2017.

Following this, systematic counterattacks against the minority, mostly Muslim Rohingya, were launched, which human rights organisations, including top United Nations officials, have described as “ethnic cleansing.” Since August 25, 2017, more over 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have migrated to Bangladesh from their homeland in Myanmar.

Among the greatest and most rapid migrations of people in recent history, the Rohingya refugee crisis is one of the most severe and prolonged. According to a report from World Vision, the migrants flooded into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar area, where they joined more than 200,000 other Rohingyas who had left years before, according to the report.

According to the study, almost half of the refugees are youngsters. On March 22, 2021, a large fire raged across Cox’s Bazar, burning more than 10,000 shelters, food distribution centres, and clean water and sanitation facilities, further aggravating their predicament. (ANI)

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