Immediate Rohingya repatriation ‘unlikely’

18 Feb,2018

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

The repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh may take further time as the verification of the first-batch list of Rohingyas, handed over by Bangladesh, ‘depends on Myanmar’ as there is no specific timeframe to complete it.
Besides, a favourable and safe environment in Rakhine State, which is necessary for the much-sought reparation, is yet to be created though Bangladesh has handed over the first-batch list to start the repatriation of the Rohingyas, observes the international community.
According to them, the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh are yet to get back their confidence to return to their homeland as they still fear further attack on them. 
"The causes of their flight have not been addressed, and we have yet to see substantive progress on addressing the exclusion and denial of rights that has deepened over the last decades, rooted in their lack of citizenship," said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
He made the observation while making his statement at the United Nations Security Council briefing on Myanmar in New York on Tuesday through videoconferencing from Geneva.
M Saiful Islam, a Rohingya who came to Bangladesh on September 14, told UNB, “If our demands are met, we’re willing to go back.”
He said they must be given citizenship in addition to ensuring a safe place for them to live in. “We want to go back to our own land; we don’t want any temporary shelter,” Saiful added.
Saiful, who used to work for a non-government organisation in Rakhine, said the Rohingya people must be given compensation as well for the losses they had suffered.

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