Doubts Surround Bangladesh-Myanmar Plan to Repatriate Rohingya Refugees

A Bangladesh and Myanmar plan to begin repatriating some 2,000 Rohingya refugees later this month was in doubt Friday, as some on the list said they didn’t want to go back and 42 NGOs expressed collective concern about potential dangers awaiting returnees at home.

A senior Bangladeshi government official in Dhaka said no one would be pressured to leave against their will under the process, which both countries have insisted would be voluntary. But Bangladesh’s government has not yet consulted refugees whose names were on the list of those slated for repatriation, he also said when questioned about this late Friday.

“We will not force them to return. The repatriation will be voluntary,” Mohammad Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s commissioner for Refugee Relief and Repatriation, told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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