Bangladesh has urged the member countries of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to play an important role in mobilising world opinions for forcing Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah made the call on Monday at the general discussion of the 137th IPU Assembly being held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, said a handout.
Fazle Rabbi, who is leading a parliamentary delegation to the assembly, presented Bangladesh’s position over the Rohingya people who entered Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
Following a proposal placed by Bangladesh, the IPU Assembly held a general discussion on an emergency item on humanitarian crisis and strengthening efforts to stop persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar.
On Sunday, the Deputy Speaker placed a proposal to include the Rohingya issue in the general discussion’s agenda, which was adopted by vote, reports UNB.
Fazle Rabbi in his speech said some 6 lakh Rohingya people have so far entered Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Myanmar since August 25 last.
He also thanked the international organisations and the world people for supporting Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.
Noting that persecution of Rohingya is a pre-designed one, he said it is an utter violation of human rights and planned ethnic cleaning.
The Deputy Speaker said Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh must be taken back unconditionally ensuring their citizenship and dignity.
A 14-member delegation of the Jatiya Sangsad on October 12 last went to Saint Petersburg to join the five-day IPU assembly which will conclude on Wednesday next.
The delegation members include Chief Whip ASM Feroz, Whip Atiur Rahman Atik, MPs Abul Kamal Azad, ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury, Moin Uddin Khan Badal, Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Dr Md Habibe Millat, Pankaj Nath, Fazle Hossain Badsha, Waseqa Ayesha Khanam, Sabina Akter Tuhin and Mamunur Rashid Kiron.
The 136th IPU Assembly was held in Dhaka in April last.