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Myanmar identifies around 1,000 Rohingyas in 3 months

  • Published at 03:14 pm May 13th, 2018
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Government representatives of both the neighbouring countries are scheduled to hold a meeting next week to move forward with the repatriation plan

Since 2016, more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape violence and oppression. 

In February 2018, Bangladesh provided Myanmar with a list of around 8,000 refugees, but the country, after three months and seven phases of scrutiny, managed to verify the identities of only around a thousand Rohingyas.

A government official, on condition of anonymity, confirmed the matter to the Bangla Tribune, adding that Bangladesh will focus on a speedy repatriation process of the Rohingyas.

When asked about whether Bangladesh was submitting another list of the refugees, he added: “This is an ongoing process, and we do want to submit another list soon.”

Government representatives of both the neighbouring countries are scheduled to hold a meeting next week to move forward with the repatriation plan.

The second meeting of the joint working group is to take place on May 17 in Dhaka. The Bangladesh side will be represented by Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, and Myanmar will be represented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu. 

Commenting on the matter, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said: “We firmly believe that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees will begin soon.”