Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam/Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home;” yet the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh do not want to return to their homes in Rakhine State of Myanmar, where generations of them have lived for centuries. One could have asked why, had the reasons not been so obvious.
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The Rohingyas were victims of massive periodic military crackdowns in which thousands of them were killed, women raped, children burnt alive and their villages were burnt to ashes—besides other monstrosities. As of now, some 1.3 million Rohingyas (including those from previous influxes) are sheltered in Bangladesh. Several thousand more were killed in Rakhine during the military crackdown. Bangladesh’s commiseration for the fleeing and persecuted overrode her initial reluctance to open her borders to allow the Rohingyas in.
All these heinous atrocities were perpetrated more frequently since the promulgation of the new citizenship law of 1982 in Myanmar, which rendered the Rohingyas stateless and resulted in the deprivation of all their basic and fundamental rights. Today, the Rohingyas are the single largest stateless community in the world. They are not entitled to any legal protection from the government. Since the loss of their citizenship, they have lived without any defence, at the mercy of the military and the ultra-nationalist Buddhist zealots.
Under pressure from the international community, Myanmar signed a bilateral instrument with Bangladesh (Arrangement on return of displaced persons from Rakhine State) on November 23, 2017 to begin repatriation of the first batch of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh in two months. Myanmar, however, showed no signs of earnestness to act according to the provisions of the agreement. So, the planned repatriation has not begun.
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