Rohingyas waiting for return with citizenship | 2018-10-14 |

Rohingyas waiting for return with citizenship

Md Enamul Hassan     13th October, 2018 10:57:37 printer

Rohingya people, who fled Myanmar atrocities into Bangladesh, are waiting to return to their homeland with citizenship and security.

They want Myanmar to grant them citizenship before returning to their homes in Rakhine state, Rabindranath Rudhra, a resident of Kutupalong Hindu Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar, told the daily sun.

“We want guarantee of our life so that we can lead life like other citizens of Myanmar,” he added.

Before any kind of repatriation, Bangladesh and Myanmar authorities must fix their destroyed homes in the villages of Rakhine.

They don’t want to go back to any camp in Myanmar and if they have to stay at the camp, they are much better at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, he said.

He also said before their repatriation, the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar must reach understanding and give a security of their lives.

Arkanullah, a resident of Balukhali Rohingya camp, said they want to go back home with citizenship so that they can enjoy their fundamental rights like other citizens of their motherland.

“What’s the use of going back to the camps in Myanmar, as we are better her in the camps, we want return to our homes in Rakhine, not in the camps,” he added.

The Myanmar government has to recognise Rohingyas as an ethnic group by granting them citizenship before starting their repatriation, he said.

He also asked for holding the perpetrators accountable for conduction atrocities and crimes against humanity on Rohingyas, including killings, looting and rape.

Asgor Ali, another resident of Balukhali camp who was a school teacher in Rakhine, said they demand that the Myanmar government must implement the recommendations in the Annan Commission report.

Only the full implementation of the recommendation can bring permanent and sustainable solution for the crisis, he emphasised.

He went on saying that Myanmar is not sincere to its words and the country doesn’t want to take back the Rohingya what it is doing is merely an eyewash to avoid global pressure.

If they are sincere to return us, why Rohingyas are still coming to Bangladesh from Myanmar, he posed the question. 

Asgor also called for deploying UN peacekeepers in Rakhine to ensure a safer zone for Rohingyas so that they can live a normal life, returning to their homes.

“We think that congenial, safe and secured environment has yet to create in Rakhine state that is a must for beginning the repatriation.”  Against such a backdrop, a delegation of the Joint Working Group (JWG) of Myanmar side is going to arrive in Dhaka on October 28 on a three-day official visit.

The delegation will include representatives from various Ministries and the Rakhine state government, according to the foreign ministry here.

The Myanmar delegation is coming to Bangladesh to discuss the way of Rohingya repatriation in Rakhine.

During the visit, they will see Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar to talk to Rohingya people to encourage them to return home, according to sources in the foreign ministry here.

Led by U Myint Thu, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, the delegation will join the third meeting of the joint working group in Dhaka.

Led by Myanmar Foreign Secretary Mint Thaw, the delegation will attend the third meeting of the joint working group.

The third JWG meeting will review progress in preparations for Rohingya repatriation, verification process, and the measures taken by the Myanmar government to restore harmony among communities.

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and his Myanmar counterpart U Myint Thu will lead the respective sides in the meeting.

Dhaka is likely to hand over a fresh list of the Rohingya families to Myanmar side during the meeting, said a foreign ministry official.

The Bangladesh side will also ask Myanmar side to take initiatives to start the repatriation at the earliest, the official said.