Days after an attempt to begin the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh stalled, the future of the world’s most persecuted minority looks more uncertain than ever and concerns are growing that it will be years before they can return safely to Myanmar, if ever.
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Efforts by the Myanmar and Bangladesh government last week to begin the repatriation of the more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees living in camps in Cox’s Bazar fell apart after not a single Rohingya agreed to go back to Myanmar, leaving one of the world’s biggest refugee crises in a further state of limbo.
The key obstacle for repatriation is that while most refugees are desperate to return home, the conditions in Rahkine state remain as dangerous and volatile as before the military crackdown in August 2017 which saw tens of thousands killed, women raped and villages razed, triggering a mass exodus.
The Myanmar government declared last week it was ready to take back the Rohingya, and had built camps and reception centres to welcome them in batches of 150 per day. However there were no guarantees of safety, citizenship and freedom of movement that the Rohingya and international community consider essential for repatriation to begin.
Sep 27, 2020Bangladesh is hosting more than one million Rohingya, a mainly Muslim minority community who are stateless, most of whom fled following a wave of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017. “More than three years have elapsed. Regrettably, not a single Rohingya could be repatriated. The problem was created by Myanmar, and its solution must […]
Sep 26, 2020