United Nations, Sept 22: Bangladesh has said that Myanmar must stop “ethnic cleansing” in Rakhine state and proposed creation of “safe zones” inside that country to protect “all civilians” including Rohingyas under the UN supervision.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the General Assembly yesterday that Myanmar must stop “ethnic cleansing” in Rakhine state, and “safe zones” should be created inside that country to protect all civilians, under the supervision of the United Nations.
“I have come here just after seeing the hungry, distressed and hopeless Rohingyas from Myanmar who took shelter in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh,” Ms Hasina said during the annual general debate.
“This forcibly displaced people of Myanmar are fleeing an ‘ethnic cleansing’ in their own country where they have been living for centuries.
” She noted that her country was currently sheltering over 800,000 forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar and that the ongoing atrocities and human rights violations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state once again aggravated the situation at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. UNI