What Suu Kyi says in her speech today may be significant for Bangladesh, and we may have to make some subsequent changes to our stance
The plight of the Rohingya has not stopped even on this side of the border. Despite the best efforts of the Bangladeshi government and most of the populace, those who made it out of Myanmar and into Bangladesh are now facing disease, hunger, extortion, and exploitation.
Bangladesh is doing its best to help them but given our own extreme poverty and limited resources, we really need more practical international support.
We are eagerly anticipating that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will bring this to the world’s attention at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly this week, as she prepares to deliver her address on Thursday.
The theme for the General Debate, which opens today September 19, will be: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”
It therefore provides the perfect opportunity for us to highlight the Rohingya crisis.
While Aung San Suu Kyi will not be attending the debate, she is set to also deliver a national televised speech in Myanmar today on the Rohingya issue — her first official address on the matter.
What Suu Kyi says in her speech today may be significant for Bangladesh, and we may have to make some subsequent changes to our stance; but the fear is that her speech will be little more than platitudes intended to defend and cover up for the Myanmar military’s actions, in which case, nothing really changes.
Either way, we hope that the world community will finally wake up to its responsibilities.
Dhaka Tribune, September 19, 2017