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India building pressure on Myanmar to stop persecution of Rohingyas, confirms Bangladesh

Sushma Swaraj said that the Rohingya issue has turned into a global matter from a regional one. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh Sep 15, 2017, 09.31 AM (IST)

Bangladesh confirmed on Friday that India is building pressure on Myanmar to stop the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the phone and conveyed that the Indian government fully backed Bangladesh's stance on the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina's deputy press secretary Nazrul Islam was quoted by a media outlet as saying.

In her phone call, Sushma Swaraj emphasised that India was trying to build bilateral and multilateral pressure on Myanmar to stop the persecution of Rohingya Muslims and as to take back the refugees sheltered in Bangladesh.

"The Rohingya problem is not an issue for Bangladesh alone; rather, it has turned into a global matter from a regional one," Sushma Swaraj apparently told Sheikh Hasina.

Fleeing the barbarous persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine State, the Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in Bangladesh's border areas of Cox's Bazar and Teknaf. 

They are suffering from an absence of food, shelters, medicines, sanitation facilities and clean water.

In response to the humanitarian crisis, India on Thursday sent a consignment of humanitarian assistance to the country.

The assistance comes days after Bangladesh briefed India about the problems it was facing because of the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-dominated nation.

Sheikh Hasina has called upon Myanmar to take its citizens back, pointing out that the entire world is raising its voice against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the country.

The Bangladesh PM will also make a formal proposal at the upcoming UN General Assembly session for an early implementation of recommendations by the Kofi Annan Commission which recommended a number of measures that the Myanmar Government should take to avoid the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims.

The Kofi Annan commission asked the government to take concrete steps to end the enforced segregation of Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, ensure full and unfettered humanitarian access throughout the state, tackle Rohingya statelessness and revisit the 1982 Citizenship Law, hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable, and end restrictions on freedom of movement.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said that Prime Minister Hasina would highlight the root cause behind the long-standing humanitarian crisis and place specific proposals for early solution during her address at the general debate on September 21.

Prime Minister Hasina will also urge the world leaders to play an effective role in stopping the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. 

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