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Bangladesh deserves a win-win solidarity compact (Dhaka Tribune)
July 3, 2018
By Cindy Huang, Kate Gough, Nazanin Ash, Marcus Skinner
Bangladesh should pursue its dialogue with the international community with more ambition
On August 25, 2017, in retaliation to attacks on its local security forces by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), the Myanmar military undertook a campaign of violence and terror against the Rohingya people that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
Nearly 700,000 people have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017 -- including more than 500,000 in a single month, the fastest refugee exodus since the Rwandan genocide. And while this campaign was most significant in terms of people displaced, it also capped a long history of disenfranchisement and abuse of the Rohingya in Myanmar.