● Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar
● Myanmar seizes boat, carrying 173 Rohingya, in Kawthaung township
● Bhasan Char housing project for Rohingya exceeds budget target by nearly Tk 8 billion
● Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) calls for sustainable return of Rohingya
● Russian, Syrian airstrikes kill 17 in rebel-held northwestern Syria (Reuters)
Author and artist: Sami Ahmed
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer)
Topic: Rohingya reactions to Cox’s Bazar camp visits by delegations from Myanmar government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Translation summary: Mohammad Ilias, a 44-year-old from Tambazar village in Myanmar’s Buthidaung township, came to Bangladesh on Sept. 3, 2017. Now he lives with five family members in Kutupalong-Lambashia Camp. Ilias volunteers for human rights activities, but none of his Ilias’ relatives have found work. His son and daughters are out of school.
Ilias contends that Myanmar has sent its delegation to Cox’s Bazar because of international pressure, mainly because the Gambia sued Myanmar in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing it of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention in driving out more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) also sent representatives.
(ICJ hearings last week focused on “provisional measures” to prevent additional harm to Rohingyas. A decision is expected within weeks, but the broader case likely will take years.)
Ilias says Rohingyans might consent to repatriation if Myanmar’s government meets their demands: to restore citizenship rights, ensure safety, restore or compensate for lost property, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Myanmar has said its military was responding to security threats.
Mohammad Shaker, who was a farmer in Buthidaung township’s Tombazar village, came to Bangladesh in late August 2017. Now the 38-year-old lives with his five relatives in Balukhali Camp 9, where he focuses on Rohingya welfare while his wife tends their house.
He also contends the Myanmar-ASEAN representatives came in response to international pressure. He said he’s waiting for decisions by the ICJ and International Criminal Court; at least a handful of individuals face charges in the latter.
Author and artist: Mohammed Idris Abdullah
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