Millions of Muslims have displaced based on an increase in violence against the Muslims in Myanmar. Muslims are being killed in massive numbers, raped and burnt alive by the Buddhists in Rohingya. The pains being endured by the Rohingyan Muslims in Burma is self evident. It does not need further explanations. Bangladesh is the closest country of Burma based on which most of the Rohingyan Muslims had chosen to take refuge in the closest countries were taking refuge can be easier. But Bangladesh has since the beginning only refused to take in the refugees from Myanmar. Many requests and pleas have been launched by the international human rights communities towards Bangladesh to accept the refugee Muslims, but all in vain. There has been a consistent refusal by the government of Bangladesh to accept any Muslim refugees.
For the last few months, there has been a great increase in the levels of sectarian violence against the Rohingyan Muslims. In the case of accepting refugees, a number of statements have been made by the political representatives of Bangladesh. One of the recent statements made by the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh stated that Bangladesh was not interested in allowing any
Rohingyan refugees. More than 2000 rohingyan Muslim refugees were sent back by the Bangladesh military on the borders, after a great deal of increase in the sectarian violence in the region. Many boats full of Rohingyan Muslims travelling from the Naf rover towards the Bangladeshi border have been returned.
Many reasons have been given by the political representatives of Bangladesh for refusal to accept refugees. One of the main reasons given in these cases include the scarcity of financial resources that do not allow accepting more refugees. The main fact that needs to be mentioned here is that already more than 30,000 Muslim Rohingyan refugees have been living in Bangladesh’s Cox bazaar.
The director of Human Rights Watch refugee program, Bill Frelick has argued that being a Muslim and a bordering country itself, it is an obligation of Bangladesh to accept refugees coming in from Rohingya. It is in accordance with the international law that the borders of the countries must be kept open for the refugees to keep coming in.
It has been reported by the refugee agency of the UN that the boats of refugee Rohingyan Muslims have been turned back by the border military police and army of Bangladesh. Most of the reports have shown that the refugees were almost in reach of the local Bangladeshis who could provide the incoming refugees with some help.
One of the main statements as given by the political representatives of Bangladesh has added that constant cooperation between Myanmar and Bangladeshis taking place so that the current situation of extreme violence can be controlled. There is no doubt about the fact that there is a need of increased developments in Rakhine state of Myanmar so that the violence against the Muslims can be stopped.