Sheikh Hasina: UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country.

Adressing the UN General Assembly yesterday, she said that these people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity. United Nations says more than four lakh 20 thousand Rohingya have fled for safety to Bangladesh in the face of an Army campaign in northern Rakhine state in recent times.

United Nations has described the military operation as “ethnic cleansing” and French President Emmanuel Macron went further, describing it as a “genocide.”

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hit out at Pakistan, saying its Army launched a heinous military operation in 1971 which triggered a genocide during the liberation war, killing 3 million innocent people. In her address to the UN General Assembly, Hasina said the Pakistan military launched the heinous ‘operation searchlight’ on 25th March which was the beginning of the 1971 genocide.

She said the 1971 genocide included targeted elimination of individuals on the ground of religion, race and political belief. She said Pakistan conceded defeat and unconditionally surrendered in Dhaka to the allied forces comprising the freedom fighters and the Indian soldiers.

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