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DU demands international probe committee on Myanmar genocide

A human chain was held by DU teachers, students, and staff in front of Memory Eternal on the Dhaka University campus on September 26Fahim Reza Shovon/Dhaka Tribune

A human chain was held by Dhaka University (DU) teachers, students, and employees on Tuesday in front of Memory Eternal (DU), demanding an international probe committee for genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

The protestors also demanded the Myanmar government and its de facto leader State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi stop the ongoing atrocities against the Rohingya and take them back to their native residence.

The hourlong human chain was held under the banner of “Dhaka University Family” and was presided by Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, vice chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University.

“Rohingya Muslims have lived in Myanmar for thousands of years. But, they have also been persecuted by their own government for a long while. We are calling on the world community to take a stand against this crime against humanity,” said Prof Akhtaruzzaman.

Noakhali University of Science and Technology VC Prof Md Ahiduzzaman, DU Treasurer Prof Md Kamal Uddin, President of Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) Professor Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, syndicate members, deans of the faculties, hall provosts, Freedom Fighters Institutional Unit Command members, Dhaka University Officers Association leaders, the president and general secretary of DU unit BCL, Third Class Employees Association leaders, Technical Employees Association and Fourth Class Employee Union leaders, among others, took part.

The latest exodus began on August 25, 2017, when violence broke out in Rakhine. The vast majority of Rohingya refugees are women, children, and elderly people requiring additional aid and protection.


(c) 2017 Dhaka Tribune

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