No listed Rohingya expressed willingness to return till this noon as none of them showed “willingness” to return to Myanmar, said Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam.
On the other hand, in a report, 3,450 Rohingya people were scheduled to be repatriated to Myanmar since on Thursday morning.
“None of the listed Rohingya people expressed willingness to go back to their country,” Abul Kalam said while talking to journalists at Shalbagan 26 No. Rohingya Camp at Nilai union in Teknaf upazila around 12:45 pm.
“Five buses remain ready in front of the camp since morning waiting for the Rohingyas to get on but none have responded yet,” he said.
“If any of the listed refugees express willingness to go back to Myanmar we will send them” the official told while adding that Bangladesh will not force any of them to go back.
On the other hand, the process was announced by Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry spokes person Myint Thu on August 15 and scheduled to begin today.
Myanmar had cleared the names of 3,450 Rohingyas from a list of 22,000 plus Rohingyas sent by Bangladesh.
On the other hand, UNHCR and RRRC officials conducted an “intention survey” on those listed, although it could not be ascertained how many took part in it.
UNHCR has agreed with the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar that any repatriation of refugees must be “voluntary, safe and dignified”.
The UN agency said that the respect for these principles will also have the practical effect of helping to ensure that return is sustainable.
“This has been confirmed in discussions Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR have had with Rohingya refugees this week,” The UN agency said.
The agency aso said that they do hope to go home to Myanmar as soon as conditions allow and that assurances regarding their citizenship status, freedom of movement, and security in Myanmar could be provided.
“This was an important first step, and the dialogue should continue,” UNHCR said.
“However, it’s essential that UNHCR and UNDP have more predictable and effective access to refugees’ places of origin and potential areas of return in Rakhine State,” the statement said.
On the other hand, the Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday (August-22) said that Bangladesh does not want to do anything by force and laid emphasis on removing trust-deficit among Rohingyas who refused to return to their homeland.
“It’s regrettable , what else you can do!” the Foreign Minister said while talking to a small group of reporters at his office.
He said there is a trust-deficit among Rohingyas and reiterated Bangladesh’s call to take 100 “majhis” or Rohingya leaders to Rakhine State, and show them what measures and arrangements are taken to welcome Rohingyas to their own homes as they fear about their safety and security.
Abdul Momen told that he is thinking about forming a commission with people from various countries to go and see the development in Rakhine and inspect whether peace and stability are prevailing there or not with required steps.
“Myanmar should prove that development is there and peace is prevailing,” the Foreign Minister said.
Dr Abdul Momen told Myanmar should come forward if they remain honest and should give access to Rakhine to see the situation there.