Regional strategy needed to handle Rohingya issue and terrorism, says Foreign Minister


The Department of Global Studies and Governance (GSG) of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) launched a book titled "Rohingya Camp Narratives: Tales From the ‘Lesser Roads’ Traveled" on July 28, 2022. It is the 4th international volume that the department of GSG has published in the last five years.

Edited by Dr. Imtiaz A Hussain, professor at the department of GSG and Director of IUB's Centre for Pedagogy, and published by renowned international publishing house Palgrave Macmillan, the book contains 13 chapters.

Dr A. K. Abdul Momen, M.P., Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, joined the program online as the Chief Guest. He said, “The Rohingya situation is very complicated as is rightly described in the chapters of this book. Out of frustration, many Rohingyas are getting involved in criminal activities such as drug and human trafficking. There are fears that they might also get involved in terrorist activities. If they are not repatriated soon, their terrorist activities might spread across the region. Therefore, all the countries in the region need to have a strategy in place to deal with this in the long run.”

Ambassador Mr. Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary (West), Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Mr. Johannes van der Klaauw, UNHCR's Representative in Bangladesh, attended the program as special guests.

The book was reviewed by Eminent Professor Dr Meghna Guhathakurta, Executive Director, Research Initiative Bangladesh (RIB), and Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka & Founding Chair, RMMRU.

Mr Abdul Hai Sarkar, Chairman of the IUB Board of Trustees; Tanweer Hasan, PhD, Vice Chancellor of IUB; and Ambassador (Retd) Tariq A Karim, Director of IUB's Center for Bay of Bengal Studies also spoke at the event. Professor Taiabur Rahman, Dean of IUB's School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, moderated the program.