Bangladeshi delegation returns from Myanmar empty -handed

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA) – A Bangladeshi delegation that recently visited Myanmar to peacefully resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis has returned without making any significant progress, according to a senior Bangladeshi official.
A 15-member high-profile Bangladeshi delegation led by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali delegation visited Myanmar between Thursday and Saturday. It was the first state sponsored high profile visit to Myanmar since the persecuted Rohungya fled to Bangladesh a year ago.
Commissioner of Bangladesh Refugee relief and repatriation Commission Abul Kalam told Anadolu Agency in capital Dhaka Tuesday the delegation visited Myanmar as part of “a continuous effort to have a peaceful end of the refugee crisis, and we are hopeful that through these efforts a suitable condition will be created to repatriate Rohingya to their own land”.
But, despite the fact the he could not mention any visible progress, he described the recent visit as a “positive outcome” for Bangladesh.
He said a joint group discussion remains ongoing.
Director of COAST, a local rights body, Sanat K Bhowmik, called for a quick resolution of the refugee crisis, reminding that Rohingya people continue to live in inhumane conditions.
Government of Bangladesh is trying to solve the crisis through diplomatic ways. Dhaka also have had discussion with neighboring India and China—the countries could play vital role in solving the stuck, he added.
Rohingya refugees have long been expressing doubts and fears whether they would get their rights as citizen if repatriation happened.
Agreeing with their doubts and fears, Bhowmik said Myanmer had not met its commitments since the Rohingya people fled persecution in their country.
Earlier on Monday evening, the Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque did not mention any date for the repatriation of Rohingya, saying “date has not been fixed yet for starting the process”.
Repatriation to any country is a very “complex and difficult” issue which cannot be done overnight, he added.
Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 750,000 refugees, mostly children and women, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to Amnesty International.
At least 9,400 Rohingya were killed in Rakhine from Aug. 25 to Sept. 24 last year, according to Doctors Without Borders.
The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012. The UN has documented mass gang rapes, killings — including of infants and young children — brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by security personnel. In a report, UN investigators said such violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.

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