Member countries of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have promised full support to Bangladesh with commitment to stand beside the country to solve the Rohingya crisis.
The countries committed to assisting Bangladesh after Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefed the CPA panel that started on Sunday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Members in the panel came to the decision that the mass atrocities against the minority Rohingyas in Myanmar are tantamount to “genocide” and cannot be tolerated.
MPs from Malaysia, Pakistan, Canada and UK were present at the conference.
More than 550 delegates from 144 national and provincial parliaments of 44 countries joined the conference.
CPA has a total of 52 countries listed as members.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood told the panel that the forcefully displaced Myanmar nationals must return to Rakhine state.
In a written statement, minister Ali also asked CPA members to “take a united stand against all discriminatory policies and activities that run counter to human rights and good relations between countries, and that any such policies are thwarted and not allowed to thrive for upholding democratic principles globally.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the annual CPA conference at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The inaugural programme of the CPA conference was held around 9:30am with Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury in the chair.
The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly hosting the conference with the theme: Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians.
Fighting corruption, empowering women and ensuring transparency in the activities of top officials of Commonwealth countries are likely to feature prominently at the conference.