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There must be immediate halt to persecution PHOTO: ANISUR RAHMAN The proposal by the government of Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas is a positive development. We welcome the move but of course nothing has been said precisely about how this repatriation is to take place. We understand that a joint working group will be […]

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Refugees, they are

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More than a month has passed since the brutalised and uprooted Rohingya refugees, mostly women, children and the elderly, began arriving in Bangladesh. Their gut-wrenching tales and testimonies covered widely in national and international print and electronic media have stirred the world’s conscience. While most states (the powerful ones and those who aspire to be […]

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Minar Rashid জীবনের হাফ সেঞ্চুরী ও কিছু বিক্ষিপ্ত ভাবনা =========================== এক . জীবনের ৫০ টি বছর এক এক করে পার করে ফেলেছি । আজকের দিনটি এমনই একটি বিশেষ ফলক চোখের সামনে তুলে ধরেছে । মনের মধ্যে আজ অনেকগুলি বিক্ষিপ্ত ভাবনা ভর করেছে । অজস্র শুভাকাঙ্খীদের মধ্যে যারা এই দিনটিতে আমার জন্যে বিশেষভাবে দোয়া করেছেন এবং […]

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Our identity as a nation was forged through suffering one of the worst genocides in modern human history. It isn’t surprising then that almost half a century later our major political parties still rely predominantly on their roles in 1971 as their integral brand element. What is surprising, however, is that collectively as a nation […]

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Recently, Seoul hosted the two-day National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo Asia 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, organised by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) under the UNFCC. Delegations from 20 countries, including one from Bangladesh comprising both government and non-government officials, attended the expo to share their experiences of formulating and implementing National Adaptation […]

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The new Rohingya policy

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The September 2017 response of the Bangladesh government to the unfolding crisis in Myanmar concerning the Rohingyas is certainly worthy of praise on humanitarian grounds and has duly been acclaimed globally. Intriguingly, however, this represents a sudden reversal of and stands in sharp contrast to the government’s long-held Rohingya policy. This commentary searches for recent […]

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Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech last Tuesday had the potential to change the scenario of the ongoing Rohingya crisis and end the misery of the more than 400,000 refugees in Bangladesh. The United Nations, prior to her delivery, had in fact described it as Suu Kyi’s last chance to bring a […]

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Finally, the barbaric regime of Myanmar has been put on the dock and found guilty of the crime of all crimes: genocide. The verdict was delivered on the last day of the final session of the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) on alleged state crimes against the Rohingya, Kachins and other ethnic minority groups on September […]

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The reactions of some of our “very close” friends since the outbreak of the most recent Rohingya crisis have compelled me to ask myself as to where all our good friends have gone. Hardly have we faced such a crisis situation encompassing the bilateral as well as the international domain. And hardly have we been […]

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The strength of a nation state lies in the unity of its people. Differences of opinion are a part of democracy, but this does not obstruct unity. Debate and conflict are not the same. There are times when unity is imperative in the interests of the nation, such as over the issues of independence and […]

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Arakan is burning. The Burmese rulers appear to be on the brink of achieving their much-longed-for a “final solution” of the Rohingya question. A reign of terror has been let loose in northern Arakan. Rohingyas are being shot, butchered, disembowelled, torched and drowned. Women are being raped and gang-raped, and children are being mutilated often […]

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  When Rohingyas first began entering Bangladesh back in 1978, the international community put pressure on Bangladesh to allow them entry. They also said that they should not be repatriated forcefully. When thousands of these displaced persons arrived at the border, it was not possible for the border guards to push them back. Within two […]

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