Survey for Rohingya repatriation begins

Staff Correspondent

21 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer


Representatives of United Nations and Bangladesh authorities have started consultation with over 3,000 Rohingya people to determine whether they want to return to their homeland.

As part of a fresh repatriation bid, representatives from the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) and Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) went to see the Rohingyas at Shalbagan camp in Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf and asked them to attend the interviews.

RRRC Commissioner Abul Kalam Azad said consultation with the Rohingya people began on Tuesday to take their consent whether they want to return. With the assistance of UNHCR, Bangladesh has handed over a list of 22,432 Rohingyas to Myanmar for repatriation.

Of them, Myanmar government cleared some 3450 Rohingyas of 1,056 families for repatriation, he said.

All kinds of preparation have been taken for repatriation of the forcibly displaced people, said RRRC commissioner.

It has already been two years since some 800,000 Rohingyas fled the violence and persecution in Rakhine to join an earlier group of more than 200,000 Rohingyas who came in Bangladesh in 1990s.

Reuters reports that the U.N. Security Council is set to discuss the latest repatriation plan behind closed doors on Wednesday following the request of Belgium, Britain, France, Germany and the United States, diplomats said. British charity organization Oxfam called for the international community to put diplomatic pressure on Myanmar, and expressed concern about human rights violations there, it reports.

Previous attempts at persuading Rohingyas to return to Rakhine have failed due to their reluctance.