Buddhists reach out to Myanmar embassy

The Daily Star, September 11, 2017

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- Buddhist community in Bangladesh yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Myanmar embassy in the capital, demanding that the Myanmar government stop the persecution of Rohingyas and solve the issue peacefully.

Condemning the recent incidents of torture on the Rohingyas, they called upon the government to follow the non-violent views of Buddha to solve the crisis.

They also urged the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to resolve the issue through diplomacy, said a press release.

Earlier, around 100 people of the community, including monks, students and professionals, demonstrated in this regard. Monk Dharma Mitra Mahathero; Ashok Barua, chief coordinator of Bangladesh United Buddhist Forum: and Ashim Ranjan Barua, president of Bangladesh Buddhist Federation, were present there.

Meanwhile, Imran H Sarkar-led Gonojagoron Mancha declared that it will lay siege to the Myanmar embassy around 3:00pm today as the Myanmar government did not stop “genocide” on Rohingyas within its deadline, said a press release issued yesterday.

On Friday, Imran made an announcement about the blockade at a Shahbagh rally, where he gave a three-day ultimatum to the Myanmar government.

Besides, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday at a discussion urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit different countries including India and China to get their support in resolving the ongoing Rohingya crisis.

“The government should take immediate diplomatic steps to send back the Rohingyas to their country,” he said.