Return to Myanmar from Bangladesh puts Rohingya in more danger, experts warn
Nov 28, 2017 World 1 3272 By Abdulkerimu Oare
- Return to Myanmar from Bangladesh puts Rohingya in more danger, experts warn.
- Many of their villages are already burnt.
- More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25th.
A senior Bangladeshi opposition politician has stated that the repatriation of over 600,000 Rohingya currently in Bangladesh back to Myanmar will only put
them in more danger especially as many of their villages have been burnt down.
Bangladesh's main opposition party criticised the government for "selling itself" to the Myanmar government in order to get an agreement to remove the Rohingya.
"Where are you sending the Rohingyas? They fled from the grasp of a tiger in fear of death, but you're again pushing them towards the same tiger," Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP secretary-general, said on Sunday.
"One will get an impression going through the deal that the government has accepted whatever Myanmar said."
Olof Blomqvist, a researcher with Amnesty International, told journalists that it was "far too premature" to start talking about repatriating the community.
"With whole villages burned to the ground, where will the Rohingya live?" he said.
"Rohingya are still fleeing across the border into Bangladesh on a daily basis, and back in Myanmar, they are living under a system of state-sponsored discrimination and segregation that amounts to apartheid.
"While Rohingya refugees have the right to return to Myanmar, under international law, no one should be forced back to a situation where they could face persecution or serious rights violations".