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January 2022

Episode: KPN 29-1-2022

Kaladan Radio January 29, 2022 191 4


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BD disappointed for delays in repatriation of Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh’s foreign minister says he is disappointed with the lack of progress on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Burma.

Noelen Heyzer, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Burma, called on Bangladesh Foreign Minister Masud Bin Momen to play his part in resolving the crisis in Burma during an online forum on Thursday (January 27th).

The Burmese government, which does not accept the term Rohingya, has promised to screen and accept the refugees. But so far no progress has been made and the Rohingya living in the camps are often fleeing dangerous waterways.

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, Tom Andrews, who visited refugee camps in Bangladesh last month, called on the international community to work with the Bangladeshi government to put pressure on the Burmese military to find a solution to the Rohingya problem.

UN envoy Tom Andrews visited refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from December 13 to 19, as well as the refugee camps on Basanchar Island, home to about 20,000 Rohingya.

Bangladesh gave shelter to the Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds, believing that they would soon be repatriated back to Myanmar with international assistance.

“The delay has been caused by Myanmar’s unwillingness to accept the Rohginyas back. From the very beginning, Bangladesh raised the issue on the international stage time and again, trying to urge Myanmar to take back its own citizens.”

Bangladesh Government

The delay has been caused by Myanmar’s unwillingness to accept the Rohginyas back. From the very beginning, Bangladesh raised the issue on the international stage time and again, trying to urge Myanmar to take back its own citizens.

Unfortunately, it seems that Myanmar is trying to delay the process still. Myanmar has even gone so far as to blame Bangladesh for the delay which is preposterous.

Some reports have indicated that Myanmar is now making temporary shelters for the Rohingyas who would only be allowed back in Rakhine State once certain verification processes have been completed.

However, to solve this longstanding crisis, the Myanmar government must look to address the root causes that have created such a situation in the first place.

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