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18 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 August, 2019 01:40:11 AM
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Fresh attempt for Rohingya repatriation

Fresh attempt for Rohingya repatriation

Any new attempt to repatriate Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar may again end up in failure, if favourable conditions for this are not created. In November 2018, the first batch of 2,260 Rohingyas refused to go back to their homeland without guarantees for security there. The brutality perpetrated on these helpless people was so huge that they even preferred living at unhealthy camps in Bangladesh than going back to their ancestral lands at Rakhine.

That is why they are demanding, and very justifiably so, that their Myanmar citizenship is given back to them as they used to enjoy that once. Any arrangement short of this would not create an atmosphere for their safe and dignified return to their land.

In the beginning, Myanmar completely disregarded the plights of this tortured community. But under international pressure, Myanmar showed their willingness to take back the displaced people and, according to a report of this newspaper, a team of high officials from Myanmar came to Bangladesh and assured the Rohingyas that Myanmar is now ready to give them citizenship albeit with some conditions.

But it is learnt that Rohingyas did not agree with this proposal and wanted full citizenship like any other citizen of Myanmar. Moreover, Bangladesh would not go against the will of Rohingyas as far as its policy of repatriation is concerned. Therefore, it appears that the next attempt for repatriation may again be not possible.

For any successful repatriation, everything is depending on Myanmar government’s will. The authorities there should remember that even some decades ago Rohingyas had constitutionally guaranteed right to citizenship of the country which they wrongfully revoked. Still, they must realize that Bangladesh is not going to keep Rohingyas for an infinite period of time and Myanmar will have to take back their people.  Any dilly-dally in taking them back will not be acceptable to Bangladesh as well as the international community. For creating an atmosphere of safe, secured and dignified return of Rohingyas, the international community has to put sustained pressure on Myanmar authorities.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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