A Seminar on "Rohingya Crisis and the Emerging Security Challenges: Response Strategy of Bangladesh” was organized by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Thursday, 23 February 2023, from 1100 hours (Bangladesh Standard Time) at BIISS Auditorium.
H E Mr. Anisul Huq, MP, Hon'ble Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Former BIISS chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad chaired the seminar at its auditorium.
Major General (retd) Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman presented a paper in that seminar titled 'Regional Security Dimensions of the Rohingya Crisis', in which he expressed concerns over the plight of around 400,000 Rohingya children who are growing up in camps without access to education and harboring resentment due to the atrocities they have witnessed, including sexual violence against their mothers in Rakhine state. He warned that the Rohingya crisis is a potential "ticking bomb" for the region.
In response to the crisis, the Law Minister urged Myanmar to ensure that the legal rights of the Rohingya people are protected so that they can return to the Rakhine state voluntarily. He emphasized that resolving the crisis is the sole responsibility of Myanmar.
Other experts also presented papers on various aspects of the Rohingya crisis at the event, including Dhaka University's Associate Professor of International Relations Niloy Ranjan Biswas, BIISS Research Fellow ASM Tarek Hassan Semul, and Bangladesh Public Service Commission member and DU Professor of International Relations Delwar Hossain. BIISS Director General Major General Sheikh Pasha Habib Uddin delivered the welcome speech.
Afifat Khanam Ritika, Research Officer, Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD) participated on behalf of BIMRAD in this significant event.