We welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's statement that Bangladesh will stand by Rohingya refugees fleeing state-sanctioned violence and persecution in Myanmar. The premier made these remarks during her visit to a registered Rohingya camp at Kutupalong Bazar in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar on Tuesday. One of the most significant steps undertaken thus far is biometric registration of the incoming Rohingya refugees.
And whereas world leaders are yet to do their part to pressurise the Myanmar government to bring an end to the sufferings of the minority, we are heartened to see that many countries and international organisations along with the Bangladesh government have come forward to step up relief efforts for the Rohingya people. However, what we need now is to coordinate all our relief efforts—a sentiment echoed by the prime minister herself. We feel that in order to deal with the large number of refugees it may be worthwhile to set up an inter-ministerial task force with a minister as its head and preferably headquartered in Cox's Bazar, to coordinate the relief work and to ensure that there are no irregularities and that aid is evenly and fairly distributed.
With the increasing number of refugee arrivals, both national and international relief efforts are expected to heighten; therefore, coordination among the civil administration, and all other agencies is of paramount importance to ensure timely delivery of life-saving aid.