Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has floated a five-point proposal at the United Nations to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis. Emphasising swift action to resolve the crisis in her speech at the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, she called for immediate steps to end the ‘cleansing’ of the ethnic Rohingya minority. Hasina’s five-point proposal says:
- Myanmar must stop the violence and the practice of ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State unconditionally, immediately and forever;
- The UN Secretary General should immediately send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar;
- All civilians, irrespective of religion and ethnicity, must be protected in Myanmar;
- For this, ‘safe zones’ could be created inside Myanmar under UN supervision;
- Sustainable return of all forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar must be ensured;
And the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission Report must be implemented immediately, unconditionally and entirely.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from the Rakhine State are entering Bangladesh to flee violence. As estimated by IOM (International Organisation for Migration), in last three weeks, over 430,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh.