The government has handed over a list of 230,000 more Rohingya refugees to Myanmar for repatriation to their homeland in Rakhine State.
Delwar Hossain, the director general of the foreign ministry’s Myanmar wing, said on Tuesday that he gave the list to the Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka on Monday, reports bdnews24.com.
In six phases, including the latest one, Bangladesh has handed lists of 830,000 Rohingya to Myanmar, which has verified only 42,000 refugees, but the repatriation has not begun.
More than 700,000 Rohingya crossed the border into Bangladesh after a 2017 crackdown by the Myanmar military, taking the number of refugees in Bangladesh past 1 million.
The process of granting clearance is very slow, which raises questions about the Myanmar government’s political commitment to the resolution of the Rohingya crisis,’ Bangladesh Enterprise Institute president Humayun Kabir told New Age on Monday.
“Bangladesh has taken all steps required for repatriating the Rohingyas. Talks are underway. “The entire region, especially the two countries, will witness unrest if the Rohingyas are not taken back. And it will bring no good to any country,” said Momen“Talks over repatriating Rohingyas are continuing with all countries including China, India and Thailand. All of them agree that Myanmar created the crisis. The resolution to it depends on them. The solution lies in taking back the Rohingyas. However, the Rohingyas do not trust Myanmar,” he furthered.
At the event, two books by former ambassador to Myanmar Maj (retd) Md Emdadul Islam published by Prothoma Prakashan and Kharimati were unveiled.
Publishing House Kharimati organized the program.
The government later signed an agreement with Myanmar for the repatriation of its displaced nationals, but the process to send them back was halted twice as the Muslim refugees refused to return without citizenship rights in the Buddhist-majority country.
Bangladesh has alleged a lack of sincerity of Myanmar in ensuring safe, dignified and sustainable return of the refugees as violence in Rakhine has continued.