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ROHINGYA REPATRIATION

Bangladesh gives new list of 4,92,000

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Published: 00:48, Mar 19,2020 | Updated: 18:09, Mar 19,2020

 
 

The government on Wednesday handed over a list of 4,92,000 more Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification to facilitate their return to the Rakhine state, although the Myanmar authorities were allegedly apathetic in clearing the names eligible for repatriation.

Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka Aung Kyaw Moe received the new list from foreign ministry’s director general for Myanmar wing Delwar Hossain at the ministry in the afternoon, diplomatic sources from both sides confirmed New Age.

It was for the fifth time that the Bangladesh authorities handed over a list for verification of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals for facilitating their return.

Earlier, in four phases, the Bangladesh government handed over lists of about 1,06,000 Rohingya people in 2018 and 2019.

Only less than 9,000 people from the lists were cleared for return to Rakhine state in Myanmar, a Bangladesh official said.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed at least three instruments on facilitating the return of the Rohingya people. 

Two attempts to start the much-sought-after repatriation were failed so far as none of the Rohingya people showed up to leave Bangladesh as, according to many of them, Myanmar was yet to create an environment conducive for the return of Rohingya people with the assurance of granting them citizenship, security and safety and freedom of movement.

More than 700,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh after fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by the Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.

The latest Rohingya influx took the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees from that country in Bangladesh to about 1,116,000, according to estimates by UN agencies and Bangladesh foreign ministry.

The UN’s highest court ordered Myanmar on Thursday to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of the Rohingya Muslims, as international justice stepped into the crisis for the first time.

The International Court of Justice rejected arguments made by Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in

The Hague in December and set out urgent steps for the majority Buddhist nation to end the violence.

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