The cost of negligence
- Why was the Rakhine report suppressed?
Oct 10, 2017-
To say that the report on the Rakhine situation, submitted to the UN in May this year and which was bottled up by the UN, is shocking, would be an understatement. And even more so given the fact that the Horsey study was commissioned by the UN itself. We are also perturbed by reports appearing in various media about the role of the UN leadership in Myanmar insofar as it relates to the Rohingyas and the human rights situation in Rakhine. One wonders what the purpose of setting up the commission was if its findings had to be dumped. We understand that the report was shelved because the chief UN representative in Myanmar did not concur with the findings. We know that to be forewarned is to be forearmed. The report provided ample warning of the likely development in Rakhine State and had also called for contingency planning to address that by formulating a coherent policy. But for the fate of the report, Bangladesh would not have had to face such a grave situation as we are facing at the moment. We cannot recall any situation where a country has had to take in, in less than two months, more than half a million persecuted refugees fleeing their homeland. And this was what was predicted too in the Horsey Report. Bangladesh can be rightly resentful that a humanitarian situation was deliberately neglected because some high UN official was not happy with the conclusions and recommendations of the report.
Published: 10-10-2017 08:19