Doubts over fresh Rohingya repatriation attempt to Myanmar

ROHINGYA refugees living in camps in Bangladesh said Wednesday they did not want to return to their homes in Myanmar, raising doubts about a fresh attempt to repatriate the stateless, mainly Muslim minority. On Thursday, Bangladesh and Myanmar were hoping to begin repatriating a few of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled a military crackdown two years ago, after a previous attempt in November failed. Officials from the United Nations and Bangladesh’s refugee commission have been interviewing more than 200 shortlisted families in the settlements in southeast Bangladesh to find out if they would return to Rakhine state. Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam told AFP five buses and two trucks had been hired to take the refugees to a land port. But several Rohingya interviewed by the United Nations told AFP they did not want to go home until their safety was guaranteed and they were recognised as citizens in the Buddhist-majority country. “It is not safe to return to Myanmar,” Nur Islam, a Rohingya Muslim who was among nearly 3,500 refugees earmarked for repatriation, told AFP. Rohingya community leader Jafar Alam told AFP the refugees had been gripped by fear since authorities announced the fresh repatriation process. They also feared being sent to camps for internally displaced people (IDP) if they went back to Myanmar. A UN official who was part of the team interviewing the Rohingya cast doubt on when the repatriation might start, saying: “We have yet to get consent from any refugee family.” In New York, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that repatriations had to be done in a “voluntary nature.” “Any return should be voluntary and sustainable and in safety and in dignity to their place of origin and choice,” Dujarric told reporters. “It’s important for refugees to have the full... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Doubts over fresh Rohingya repatriation attempt to Myanmar, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Doubts over fresh Rohingya repatriation attempt to Myanmar





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Wednesday, 21 August



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