We are all Rohingya
A delegate explaining his argument. (Julia Arija)
A new day dawns in the SOCHUM committee and with it, a new session starts. The first topic proposed during the session that followed the trend set by the previous day have been the creation of an economic plan for helping the refugees established in Bangladesh. A moderated caucus proposed by the Dominican Republic has continued with the idea of creating a monetary fund intended for the necessary help to these refugees in terms of living conditions or transportation to their new home country.
It's ironic that these countries that must protect human rights at the expense of everything continue to focus more on economic and political issues than on human issues, this has been exposed by the delegate of Bangladesh and Venezuela, who insisted that countries are treating people as if they were objects.
Bangladesh's delegate asks the whole room a question that leads us to a reflection on the Rohingya problem. Why are these people living in Bangladesh?
A genocide is taking place with this ethnic group, as the delegate of Turkey points out. In response to these statements, the delegates of Myanmar and Russia try to defend the illegality and terrorism of these citizens who alter the security of the country.
But, what really should matter and prevail in this committee is the defense of citizens and their rights because of this, Venezuela proposed a new caucus moderate about the separation of Rohingya families in Bangladesh's frontiers. Although, for some countries like Russia, Myanmar or the Dominican Republic there are other political or economic factors that should be solved first.
Germany's delegate insisted on concern other delegates for the defense of human rights and the separation that is taking place of the Rohingya families. Create a field on the border of Myanmar for the Rohingya? This has been one of the solutions proposed by the delegate of Thailand, if this minority is not accepted as citizens of Myanmar it is clear that they need a solution, a place to live safe and in peace.
This afternoon, the SOCHUM committee has started a new session with a Consultation of the Whole proposed by Thailand. This is the first time it takes place in all the sessions that we have in the committee.
Thailand offers the solution to establish a representation of Rohingya in the government of Myanmar but this is so difficult because they are not recognized as citizens. Bangladesh repeated that it doesn't have enough infrastructures to receive more refugees so it's clear that they need a solution urgently.
Inter-country unions have been established to develop a working paper with the resolution to be exhibited at the new session tomorrow, these coalitions are made up of: China, the United Kingdom and Japan. Against: Myanmar, Russia and the Dominican Republic.
During this last session, Brazil has requested that the representative of Venezuela leave the room because of the current situation in the country. Following the Venezuela's delegate left the session, the Indonesian delegate has made a speech about what it means to live in a country where freedoms, security, or democracy are lacking as well as the need for change. The speech was quite emotional and provoked the ovation of the whole room at the end.
The unmoderated caucus have continued during the session and tomorrow a resolution on the Rohingya conflict will be reached.
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Laura Velasco, chronicler in SOCHUM.