Myanmar’s Orchestrated Repatriation Exposed
Myanmar government have staged drama in Rohingya repatriation deal by executing it with a single family with illegal National verification card (NVC) from the border area between Bangladesh and Myanmar, where thousands of Rohingya are lingering without any aid and hope since late 2017.
Rohingya’s in makeshift camps of Bangladesh have rejected this dramatic repatriation deal which was signed on 23rd November 2017. And have demanded a fair repatriation that will ensure their safety and grant them their citizenship rights which was revoked by 1982’s black law in junta period.
The Rohingya family used in this staged drama is government’s sycophant who have been working as an village administrator in Taung Pyuo Ltya village of Maungdaw township.
According to locals in the area most of the houses were torched down except his house. And was seen in most of the staged work of Burmese government.
Following the repatriation deal in November 2017, they have bulldozed hundreds of Rohingya villages with the excuse of building Internally displaced people’s camp (IDP) on Rohingya land.
In regards to that Brad Adams executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia said:
“The government’s clearing of dozens of villages only heightens concerns about Rohingya families being able to return home,”
He further added “Deliberately demolishing villages to destroy evidence of grave crimes is obstruction of justice.
Donor governments should ensure they don’t provide any direct or indirect support that would hamper justice or assist those responsible for ethnic cleansing in their efforts to pretend the Rohingya do not have the right to return to their villages in northern Rakhine State".
The United Nations Refugee agency and the Bangladeshi Government and have disputed Myanmar’s claim it had repatriated what appears to be the first five Rohingya refugees, saying neither the government of Bangladesh nor the aid agency had any involvement in any such repatriation.
In a separate statement by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement on Sunday it had no direct knowledge of this case and was not consulted or involved in this reported return.
Earlier On Friday, the UN’s refugee agency said it had finalised a repatriation framework with Bangladesh but was still negotiating an agreement with Myanmar. “Conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified, and sustainable," the UNHCR said.
Rights groups are expressing scepticism over the announcement that Myanmar has repatriated the first Rohingya family, despite warnings from the UN.
Andrea Giorgetta from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) criticised the repatriation announcement and said “Before proceeding with the repatriation of Rohingya, the Myanmar government must recognise and guarantee all their fundamental human rights,".
And human rights groups seem just as skeptical of the repatriation on Saturday. One group told AFP repatriating this family seemed like a “public relations exercise." And a U.N. report from last week says the country still hasn’t addressed the actual cause of the crisis.
Earlier Amnesty International released a report in November warning repatriation wasn’t the right course of action yet.
Myanmar & Bangladesh
Myanmar government announced in a Facebook post on Saturday that a family of five had returned to the country from the border area between Bangladesh and Myanmar, where nearly 6000 Rohingya are sheltering in this zone, crammed into a cluster of tents beyond a barbed-wire fence since August 2017.
Abul Kalam, the Bangladeshi Government’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, said a family of five who were in the Konarpara area in no man’s land between the two countries had re-entered Myanmar territory and had been taken to the reception center set up by Myanmar.
“This is in no way a repatriation, rather it is propaganda," he said.
Zaw Htay, a spokesman for the Myanmar Government denied and said “this is not propaganda”.
Ongoing critical situation have raised the raised the question weather more rohingya will be repatriated or not?
In answer to such question Abul Kalam, the Bangladeshi Government’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner said “They were not under our jurisdiction, therefore we cannot confirm whether there would be more people waiting to go back [to Myanmar],” to a news agency.
Later on Sunday Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said taking back only one Rohingya family out of thousands of refugees living in the no man’s land is nothing but a ridiculous move of the Myanmar government.
Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed a repatriation plan in January but its start has been repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for lack of preparation since the beginning of deal in November 2017.
Myanmar’s claim of the first repatriation comes just days after the UNHCR said conditions in Myanmar were not conducive for a return of refugees.
Moreover repatriation was seen to be conducting with issuing of National verification card (NVC) a card has been widely rejected by Rohingya community leaders as it will officially make them stateless in their own ancestral land.
This is not first time Myanmar government staged this sort of drama, earlier many Myanmar government used Hindus in spreading fake information about torching down of Rohingya houses.
Since the pre-planned attacked on Rohingya mounted in Arakan (Rakhine) in late 2017 1000s of Rohingya have been murdered, killed, arbitrarily arrested, systematically raped along with torching down of 400 villages.
In regards to that UN have called it ‘test book example of ethnic cleansing’ and genocidal experts have called it another Holocaust in 21st century.