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4th round of JWC talks on May 2

Rohingya repatriation from next month

Deepak Acharjee, Dhaka

For the fourth time, members of the Joint Working Committee (JWC), led by foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque, will visit Myanmar early next month to begin repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.

The meeting of the JWC will be held at Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw from May 2 to 5. It will urge the Myanmar authorities to begin taking back their citizens from May under the bilateral instrument “Arrangement on return of displaced persons from Rakhine State”, signed by the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Talking to The Independent, foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said the Myanmar authorities can start repatriation with at least 8,000 Rohingyas from Bangladesh as promised.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to start repatriation of the Rohingyas after holding the JWC meeting. A Myanmar minister had assured us that they are willing to take back some Rohingyas from Bangladesh soon, but they didn’t. We requested them (Myanmar authorities) to take back the Rohingyas after creating a congenial environment in the Rakhine state. We are hopeful that the Myanmar authorities will take back their citizens soon,” he said.

The foreign minister also said that they are fearing landslides during the rainy season in the Rohingya camps at Cox’s Bazar. So, they (Rohingyas) should be shifted to Bhasan Char for their safety. Bangladesh wanted to begin the repatriation process in November 2018, but it was postponed.

The authorities concerned, especially the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Cox’s Bazar administration, have registered over 2,19,000 Rohingyas till date for repatriation.

Officials of the RRRC and UNHCR said they have been communicating with the Myanmar authorities through a proper channel to repatriate the registered Rohingyas. The JWC for repatriation comprises 15 members from each country and was formed under the ToR of the bilateral arrangement between Bangladesh and Myanmar, signed on November 23, 2017.

Earlier, as per the decision of both the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments, the repatriation of at least 150 Rohingyas belonging to 30 families to their homes in Rakhine of Myanmar was supposed to take place in November 2017. But the listed Rogingyas denied returning citing security reasons.  They even staged a demonstration inside the Unchiprang Rohingya camp in Teknaf.

 

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