Since the February 1 military coup in Myanmar, every element of the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in Bangladesh back to Myanmar has been up in the air.
Days after the coup, junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing said in a television address that the junta would continue to repatriate the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.
Waves of Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh especially after the 2017 military-led crackdown on Muslims in Rakhine State in western Myanmar.
However, there are few signs that refugees will be able return to a safe life in Rakhine.
In May, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the visiting United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkirn during his visit to Dhaka that safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya seems uncertain amid the worsening situation in Myanmar.
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Earlier on April 22, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said that the international community’s “business as usual” approach towards the coup in Myanmar was encouraging the Tatmadaw, as the Myanmar military is known, to continue committing atrocities on ethnic minorities.
Alam’s comment came close on the heels of a string of stern statements emanating from Dhaka that urged the international community to resolve the refugee crisis.
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