Monday, 25 May 2020

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Bangladesh’s ambassador to Burma who visited a Burmese refugee camp in Nayapara yesterday, urged refugees to go back saying that the situation in Burma was improving. He told them that they would not be able to stay in Bangladesh in the future  .  Noor Hakim from the camp said the ambassador accompanied by Soyabur Rahaman, the officer of the Rohingya Refugee Relief Repatriation Center (RRRC) and Sidiqur Rahaman, the Camp-in-Charge of Nayapara refugee camp reached the Nayapara refugee camp at about 1:30 p.m. yesterday. At the refugee camp, the ambassador held discussions with the camp authorities till 3: 00 p.m. Later, he visited the sheds in the refugee camp for about 45 minutes. The ambassador asked the refugees what were the main reasons for the refugees not wanting to go back home. Answering the ambassador’s question, refugees said, “We don’t want to go back to Burma because there are human rights violations, religious persecution and severe restrictions on movement of the Rohingya community. The ambassador told the refugees that “Neither will you be able to stay in Bangladesh in the future nor will you get asylum in any third country. You must go back to your own country. At present, the situation in Burma is improving.” The refugees said, “We don’t want to go back to Burma for fear of severe reprisals. And the situation is going to from bad to worse day by day.” Today Bangladesh hosts approximately 21,000 Rohingya refugees in two camps of Kutupalong and Nayapara in Cox’s Bazaar district. They are Rrohingyas who still remain from a total of a quarter of a million who fled to Bangladesh in the early 1990s due to brutal persecution by the Burmese junta.