Bangladeshi Official: ‘We Will Not Send Any Rohingya Back by Force’

Bangladesh will not repatriate Rohingya to Myanmar unless the U.N.’s refugee agency confirms they are willing to leave voluntarily, a Bangladeshi government official told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, on Monday.

In late October, Dhaka and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reached a memorandum of understanding in which UNHCR was to gauge whether more than 2,000 Rohingya, whose names were on a repatriation list agreed to by Bangladesh and Myanmar, were ready to go back to Rakhine state, a Bangladeshi foreign ministry official said.

“Our policy is we will not send any Rohingya back by force. It is the decision of the individual Rohingya whether they want to get back,” Delwar Hossain, the ministry’s director general in charge of the Southeast Asia desk, told BenarNews.

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