Third country resettlement not an option | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 16, 2018

Third country resettlement not an option

A recent letter titled Resettle Rohingyas in a third country was published by this newspaper on February 8. In my opinion, the suggestion made in the letter is unrealistic. Firstly, if Rohingyas are settled in a third country, it will set a bad precedent. In such a case, they will never be able to return to their homeland—a goal that Myanmar's army wants to achieve. Every human being has an inherent right to live in their motherland. Blocking that path would be tantamount to a violation of human rights.

Moreover, not many countries will be willing to take a million refugees. Instead of thinking about resettling these Rohingyas in other countries, the world should exert pressure on Myanmar repatriate the Rohingyas, with their full rights guaranteed.

 

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