Bangladesh seeks UN intervention to end Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to help resolve the Rohingya crisis, saying deteriorating political situation in Myanmar is hampering the peaceful repatriation of refugees.

Bangladesh is currently hosting about 1.2 million Rohingya refugees in camps in the southeast coast of Cox’s Bazar. Uncertainty looms over their repatriation to Rakhine state following a military coup in Myanmar on Feb. 1.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, who is on an official visit to the US, said: “It is frustrating that many influential countries have enhanced their economic and business relations with Myanmar while publicly decrying the human rights violations there.”

Momen made the call while holding a bilateral meeting with the secretary general at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday, reported state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) on Friday.

The minister also urged the UN chief to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines become accessible to all.