Bangladesh has rejected Myanmar’s claims to have repatriated first Rohingya refugee family comprising five members from Bangladesh on Saturday.
Myanmar has claimed that it repatriated the first family of about 700,000 Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh to escape a brutal military campaign that began last August following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on the security forces.
“A FAMILY of five, who left home during the Maungtaw terrorist attacks last year, returned to Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Centre, Maungtaw District, in Rakhine State on 14 April. The Rakhine State Immigration and National Registration and Citizenship Department has scrutinised the family members according to the 1982 Citizenship Law, checked whether they had actually lived in the country, and issued National Verification Cards (NVCs) to them after they were found eligible,” state-run media The Global New Light of Myanmar reported today.
But Bangladesh today rejected the claim.
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said such an announcement about repatriation of a Rohingya family was nothing but a “farce”.
“The Rohingya family did not reach Bangladesh as they used to live in no man’s land [between Bangladesh and Myanmar]. I hope Myanmar will repatriate all the refugee families within the shortest possible time,” Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters after a meeting at the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Incidentally, the Myanmar government announced the socalled repatriation of Rohingya refugee family from Bangladesh after the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Government of Bangladesh in Geneva on 13 April finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to voluntary returns of Rohingya refugees once conditions in Myanmar are conducive.
“UNHCR considers that conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified, and sustainable. The responsibility for creating such conditions remains with the Myanmar authorities, and these must go beyond the preparation of physical infrastructure to facilitate logistical arrangements”, a statement from the UN refugee agency said on 13 April.