IPU assembly includes Rohingya issue as “emergency item”

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PV International Desk : The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) overnight included as the top “emergency item” the Rohingya issue as proposed by Bangladesh while its 137th assembly is underway in Russia’s St. Petersburg, officials said today.

“The IPU adopted three resolutions as ’emergency items’ for discussions in the assembly and of them the Bangladesh proposal on Rohingya issue was accepted receiving the highest 1027 votes,” a Bangladesh embassy official in Moscow told BSS by phone.

He said Bangladesh’s delegation leader and parliamentary deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi tabled the resolution titled “Stop atrocities and forced displacement of Rohingyas and ensure their return to their homeland in the Rakhine State of Myanmar immediately and unconditionally”.

Myanmar, he said, on the other hand, brought on its own a resolution for discussing rights situation in its Rakhine state visibly in an effort to negate the global condemnation about the atrocities there and it was accepted with only 47 votes.

The third resolution was brought by Japan on North Korea’s nuclear programme to be accepted with 427 votes.

The IPU, meanwhile, in a separate development denounced Myanmar expressing “grave” concern about the continuing violence, intimidation and forced displacement of the Rohingya Muslim minority from its Rakhine State.