Relief and Refugee Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam has said Bangladesh and Myanmar have not yet started the Rohingya repatriation process.
He made the comment when asked about the return of a Rohingya family to Myanmar on Saturday.
He said: “The return of this Rohingya family cannot be considered as repatriation in any way.”
In the early hours of Saturday, Myanmar’s government released a statement saying that the first Rohingya family has been repatriated.
However, Abul Kalam said: “There are some people stranded in the no man’s land at the Myanmar border. The Rohingya family had been living in a camp erected on a patch there [between the two countries].
“Since the family did not enter Bangladesh, their return cannot be considered repatriation.”
In the early hours of Saturday, Akhtar Alam, a Rohingya man, had reportedly returned to Myanmar from Bangladesh with his 5-member family without notifying anyone. The news of the family’s return was reported by Reuters, which cited a statement from the Myanmar government in this regard. However, Bangladeshi authorities did not know anything regarding the matter.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com