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12:00 AM, December 21, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 21, 2018

Myanmar's double standards on the safe return of Rohingyas

Since the Rohingya crisis began in Myanmar's Rakhine State, Bangladesh has engaged constructively with the government of Myanmar and the international community in order for Rohingya refugees to be able to safely and voluntarily return to their places of origin or choice in Myanmar.

The UNHCR urged Myanmar to exert all efforts to create conditions for safe return of Rohingyas, appreciating the commitment of Bangladesh to protect the refugees' right to a safe, voluntary, and dignified return.

The steps initiated by Myanmar seems to be a double standard. The formalities of repatriation were completed by Bangladesh on November 15, 2018 but none of the Rohingya refugees agreed to return to their country considering it unsafe. Myanmar showed they were doing everything as agreed but have only made temporary camps instead of permanent homes for the Rohingyas.

An investigation report recently released by Reuters states that the military junta is torturing the existing Rohingyas who are presently staying in different camps in Myanmar. The Myanmarese minister's remarks and Reuters report confirm the double standards of the Myanmar government. The international bodies should take necessary steps for the safe return of Rohingyas.

 

Md. Zillur Rahaman

Lalmohan, Bhola

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