Rohingya SOS (The Statesman (Pakistan))

Bangladesh and Myanmar who are engrossed in a migrants row, should look at the bigger picture of human rights. Hundreds of stranded folks in the high seas, as well as those who have now been quarantined on Indonesian shores and on the coasts of Bangladesh must be rescued and rehabilitated. All these victims of poverty desired while venturing into the high seas on rickety boat was a life of dignity away from cramped camps. The United Nations estimates that more than 2,000 migrants are still trapped in waters and those washed ashore face difficult times. The Rohingya people, who are scrambled in Bangladesh and Myanmar, are subject to international law, as their host governments contest their national identity. Some 1.5 million Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state of Myanmar are clueless as to where they belong as Bangladesh shuns them and Myanmar refuses to accept them as citizens. – one reason why they have lived below the line of poverty and have had to face persecution at the hands of other communities.

This issue can be addressed in a two-pronged manner: First, all the migrants who have launched themselves in a troublesome journey should be accounted for and rehabilitated. Second, an international commission under the UN should help find a permanent home for them after talks with the governments of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. If they are not settled early and discussions are delayed, more people will die at sea, at the hands of traffickers and in camps.