Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has condemned the Myanmar authorities for the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, and has urged Myanmar to allow hundreds of thousands of them to return to their country.
Sheikh Hasina was speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday.
She said: “We are currently sheltering over 800,000 forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar. The ongoing atrocities and human rights violations in the Rakhine State of Myanmar once again aggravated the situation at the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border.
“Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas from the Rakhine State are entering Bangladesh to flee violence… in last three weeks over four hundred thirty thousand Rohingyas entered Bangladesh. We are horrified to see that the Myanmar authorities are laying landmines along their stretch of the border to prevent the Ronhingyas from returning to Myanmar. This people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity.”
Shaikh Hasina called for “safe zones” to be created inside Myanmar to protect all civilians, under the supervision of the United Nations.
The Myanmar authorities blame “Muslim extremists” and terrorists for the violence.