Repatriation halted as Rohingya decline going back: Official

Repatriation halted as Rohingya decline going back: Official

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Dhaka – Despite all the preparations from the Bangladesh side, the scheduled Rohingya repatriation did not take place in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday as Rohingyas are unwilling to go back.“The Rohingya repatriation has been halted as they don’t want to go back to Mayanmar,” said Mohammad Abul Kalam, Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, while talking to reporters at Ukhia Kutupalong camp on Thursday afternoon.

“We gave them a time from 2pm to 4pm to take decision and wait there, but no one agreed to go back. The process will resume when the Rohingya people will agree,” said Kalam, a government spokesperson.

Rohingyas in different camps staged demonstrations expressing their unwillingness to return to their homeland although Bangladesh and Myanmar have completed all the necessary preparations to repatriate 150 of them on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin the first batch of repatriation on November 15 with 150 individuals each day until November 30, and a list of 2,260 Rohingyas, including 450 Hindus of 485 families, has been handed over to the Myanmar side.UNB

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