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Bangladesh, Myanmar to discuss Rohingya repatriation this month

  • Published at 11:26 pm October 12th, 2018
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File photo of Rohingya children at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh will seek updates on what steps are being taken for the safe and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to their homeland in Myanmar at the meeting

Bangladesh and Myanmar are likely to discuss the Rohingya repatriation issue later this month, a senior Foreign Ministry official said on Friday.

"We are in discussions about the next joint working group (JWG) meeting. The meeting is likely to be held on October 30, or October 28," the official told UNB.

Bangladesh will seek updates on what steps are being taken for the safe and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to their homeland in Myanmar at the meeting, sources added.

At the 73rd UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made three recommendations for solving the Rohingya crisis at its root, including the abolition of discriminatory laws, policies, and practices in Myanmar.

In her second recommendation, she called for Myanmar to create an acceptable environment for repatriation, by building trust and guaranteeing protection, rights and pathways to citizenship for all Rohingyas. 

Her third recommendation was for the atrocities against the Rohingyas to be prevented, by bringing accountability and justice through implementation of the recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council Fact-Finding Mission.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has emphasized the need for accelerating efforts to create a conducive environment in northern Rakhine State and build houses and villages for returnees to facilitate repatriation.

Minister Ali along with joint working group members in August this year visited the northern Rakhine State and saw a 'trail of widespread devastation' suffered by people there, said the Foreign Ministry official.

The foreign minister also visited Shwe Zar village where around 148 houses for returnees are being built with prefabricated building materials with assistance from Indian government.

Bangladesh and Myanmar formed the Joint Working Group (JWG) on December 2017 to start repatriating Rohingya refugees by January 23, 2018.