Eminent genocide scholars, academicians and intellectuals stressed the need for respectful repatriation of Rohingya people from Bangladesh and trial of the perpetrators of genocide by the international Criminal Court.
Speaking at an international conference on ‘Ending the Slow Burning Genocide of Rohingyas by Myanmar’ at the Senate Building of Dhaka University, they made the remarks on Wednesday.
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit with the support of Euro-Burma Office organized the conference in the capital city of Dhaka.
RMMRU executive director and Dhaka University’s international relations Professor CR Abrar said that neighbouring Myanmar had committed well-documented crimes against the Rohingya population.
Chair emeritus at the Parliament of the World Religions Malik Mujahid said that Rohinya people who have been targeted and persecuted by the Myanmar elite force of army over the times should deserve noble peace prise for their incalculable dedications and tolerance.
‘The genocide must be stopped in Myanmar. The Rohingya people must go to their own homeland but as equal citizens not as the slaves,’ he said.
Bangladesh Buddha Kristi Prochar Sangtha president Sanghanayak Suddhanda Mahathero expressed his sadness and felling ashamed at the merciless incidences committed by the Myanmar government on the Rohingya people.
Dhaka University professor emeritus Serajul Islam Chowdhury said that although the Rohingya people were not guilty but they have been annihilated through genocide.
He said that the international community remained so far reluctant to address the issue which could not be solved bilaterally. China has been showing its capitalist attitudes toward Rohingya people, he said.
Burmese human rights activist and scholar on racism and genocide Maung Zarni described Rohingya people who took shelters in Bangladesh as the survivors of genocide.
He said that the Myanmar state terror began since 1978 with intent to destroy ethnical, racial and religious identities of Rohingya people in the Rakhain state which was culturally and geographically connected with Chittagog of Bangladesh.
Professor Tasneem Siddiqui who presided over the working session said that Rohingya people were not the security threat. If anyone called them security threat, he/she should be considered serving interest of the Burmese Army.
Burmese Diaspora and intellectuals Bilal Raschid from Virginia in USA, Columbia university professor and human rights activist Gayatri Spivak from New York, and Burmese Rakhain lawyer and writer Ma Khin Mai from New York spoke at the conference on Skypi