Bangladesh Prime Minister urges Myanmar to return the Rohingya

In Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina remarked on Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Bachelet came on Sunday and paid a visit to the Rohingya camps in the Cox's Bazar neighbourhood close to the Myanmar border.

A visiting UN official was informed by Bangladesh's government on Wednesday that the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who are members of an ethnic minority and are being housed in congested camps in Bangladesh must return to Myanmar, where they had fled waves of brutal persecution.


In Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina remarked on Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Bachelet came on Sunday and paid a visit to the Rohingya camps in the Cox's Bazar neighbourhood close to the Myanmar border.


Hasina was cited as saying, "The Rohingya are citizens of Myanmar and they must be taken back," by her press secretary, Ihsanul Karim.


The majority of Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar, which has a Buddhist majority, are denied citizenship and numerous other rights. Beginning in late August 2017, when the Myanmar military launched a "clearing operation" against them in response to attacks by a rebel group, more than 700,000 people fled to Bangladesh. After a military coup in Myanmar last year, the country's safety situation has gotten worse.


Currently, more than a million Rohingya refugees are being housed in Bangladesh.


Amid failed efforts to repatriate them, the refugees will commemorate the fifth anniversary of their most recent inflow into Bangladesh. Earlier this month, when Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Bangladesh, Bangladesh asked China for help in returning Rohingya to Myanmar. A deal with Myanmar in November 2017 that attempted to return them was mediated by China.


Hasina and several Cabinet members have expressed their displeasure with what they perceived as Myanmar's lack of action in returning them by the agreement. At least twice, the United Nations and Bangladeshi authorities attempted to start repatriations, but the refugees baulked, citing their safety in Myanmar.


Refugees urged the UN to help improve safety inside Myanmar so they can return when Bachelet visited the camps on Wednesday.


The refugees told Bachelet "their grievances, their sorrows," according to a statement from the UN.


It reported refugees as saying, "When our rights are honoured, we can have our livelihoods, we can have land, and we can feel like we are part of the country."


According to the statement, Bachelet stressed the significance of ensuring that safe and sustainable circumstances exist and that any returns be made voluntarily and respectfully.


"The UN is supporting them as best we can. We'll keep doing that," she declared. But we also need to address the issue's deep-seated causes. When there are conditions for safety and voluntary return, we need to take care of it and make sure they may return to Myanmar.


After authorities verified reports of massive atrocities committed against civilians by Myanmar's military during a widespread and systematic campaign against the ethnic minority, the United States declared in March that the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar amounted to genocide.


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