Int’l community’s failure blamed for continued persecution
Demonstrators in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country took to the streets on Friday protesting at persecution of minority Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar military.
The protesters urged the international community to act against the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingyas, considered by many as the world’s most persecuted community.
Most of the protests were held after Jumma prayers.
Thousands of Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since Myanmar military crackdown on Rohingyas in their northern state of Rakhine in October. The Rohingya influx continued.
In Dhaka, politicians, academics, poet and right activists alleged that the international community had not come forward to protect the Rohingyas in the same way it defended the minorities in other troubled spots around the world and that perpetuated ‘genocide’ in Myanmar.
They also urged international rights bodies and Bangladesh government to take steps for settling the matter with the Myanmar government immediately to stop the persecution.
They made the remarks at a protest rally titled ‘Poetry for Rohingya, Poetry for Humanity’ organised by ‘Kobitar Rajpath’ in front of the national museum at Shahbagh.
With Dhaka University professor Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque in the chair, the rally was addressed, among others, by Jahangirnagar University professor Anu Muhammad, also the member secretary of national committee to protect oil, gas, mineral resources, power and ports, Ganasanghati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki and poet Nurul Huda.
At a protest rally in front of the National Press Club after Jumma prayers, Islami Andolan Bangladesh leaders alleged that the international organisations including United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Countries and rights organisations failed to save Rohingyas from ‘genocide.’
Addressing the rally, the organisation’s Dhaka city unit president Imtiaz Alam urged the party leaders and activists as well as the common people to join their programme to lay siege to the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka on December 5 and long march towards Myanmar on December 18.
New Age correspondent in Sylhet reported that Sylhet city became a city of processions on Friday as hundreds of Muslim devotees coming out of different mosques gathered at Court Point after Jumma prayers to stage protests against atrocities on Rohingyas.
Speakers at the rally demanded immediate intervention by the United Nations and other international organisations into the situation to end the persecution of Rohingyas.
Local leaders and activists of different political parties, including the ruling Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jatiya Party, and social organisations attended the protests.
AL’s district president Luthfur Rahman, city unit president Badar Uddin Ahmad Kamran and its general secretary Asaad Uddin Ahmad, BNP’s city unit president Nasim Hossain and its former organising secretary Rezaul Hasan Kayes and Jatiya Party district general secretary Abdul Qayum, among others, addressed the rally chaired by Jatiya Imam Samiti district unit president Mawlana Sirajul Islam.
In Chittagong, the city unit of Islamic Constitution Student Movement, the student wing of IAB, staged a rally at Anderkilla Shahi Jame Masjid premises after Jumma prayers protesting at the atrocities on Rohingyas.
The speakers urged Bangladesh government and right organisations to create pressure on Mayanmar government from diplomatic level to solve the Rohingya crisis.
The organisation’s president Jahirul Islam presided over the rally that was also addressed by Islami Andolan Chittagong city unit vice-president Nurul Islam.
Source : NEWAGE