Rohingya refugees can become big security threat if justice not done: B’ Desh envoy

Aug 9, 2019

New Delhi:Over a one million of Rohingya refugees staying in the temporary relief camps in Bangladesh may turn into a big threat to the region’s security if the world community fails to provide justice to the them, according to Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to India, Mr. Syed Muazzem Ali.

Addressing a conference on ‘Tackling Insurgent Ideologies’ organised by Observer Research Foundation in association with the Facebook, the High Commissioner pointed out that these poor Rohingyas are the most vulnerable people in the world and could become a threat not only to Bangladesh, India and the region but even the world.

He said Bangladesh, which had been trying to find out a solution to the problem with talks with the Myanmar government, had so far handled the security issue with an iron hand, but wondered how long it could do it?

“Today it is Bangladesh’s burden. But tomorrow it will become the burden of the region,” he remarked.

The High Commissioner said “there is no guarantee that it will remain a humanitarian problem”, pointing out that there are around five million Rohingya refugees all over the world and a UN report itself had said that these refugees can become abreeding ground for radicalization and could become a new Palestine. He said the report had said there is potential for peace and security to be affected in our region and the beyond if a solution is not found as early as possible.

He demanded that the Kofi Annan report on the issue should be implemented as early as possible.

The High Commissioner said Bangladesh is disappointed with the Myanmar government as it, despite singing agreements, have not been sincere in implementing them by creating conducive atmosphere for their repatriation.

ORF Chairman Sunjoy Joshi in his address said it is unfair to blame the internet and platforms for all the ills, as they reflect only the unhappiness and discontentment prevailing in the society. He also said it is not true that New Media is polarizing societies, adding “today polarization in society manifests itself in outbursts on the social media … in another time, another place it led to the Crusades”. He also pointed out misinformation, rumours and wrong news were there from very old days and not at all the creation of internet.

He said the spurge in nationalism that we see nowadays is not really nationalism but tribalism, with loyalty to the tribe. Stressing the power of narratives and the cultural menu in them, he said effective counter narratives should not only counter facts but keeping in mind the cultural menu in the narratives.

Joshi said once positive about the internet is that keeping secrets has become that much more difficult. “Even the most Secret Soceity of today, the CIA, has to contend with Wikileaks. Perhaps that is where hope lies.”

The two-day conference ended today after stimulating and indepth discussions in sessions like ‘Dangerous evolutions: Towards a global response to insurgent ideologies’; ‘No enemy at the Gates: Examining State responses to Christchurch, Pulwama and Easter bombings’; ‘Deciphering the Manichean Binary: Alpha politics, extreme violence’; ‘Rohingyas: Stateless, marginalised, radicalised?’; ‘Synthetic truth: When perception kills’ and ‘A fake new world’.IANS