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EU reassures support for Bangladesh until Rohingya repatriation

  • Published at 09:39 pm September 30th, 2019
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File photo: A massive gathering of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to observe two years of their latest exodus from Rakhine at a field in Camp No 4 (Extension) at Kutupalong's Modhurchhara in Ukhiya on Sunday, August 25, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Nearly 1.1 million Rohingya refugees, including women and children, are languishing in camps in two upazilas of the coastal district of Cox's Bazar

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that the European Union (EU) would support Bangladesh in its global campaign to build an international coalition, and garner public opinion to force the Myanmar authorities to take back the Rohingya refugees.

The finance minister said that the Head of the EU delegation to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink reassured him about the European Union's stance during a meeting held at the Planning Ministry on Monday.

"On the Rohingya issue, the EU's stance was very strong, and precise. The EU believes that Rohingyas will go back to their homeland in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. They would also stay with Bangladesh until the repatriation takes place. The EU will put pressure on the global community to compel Myanmar to resolve this crisis," Kamal told reporters emerging after the meeting.

Nearly 1.1 million Rohingya refugees, including women and children, are languishing in camps in two upazilas of the coastal district of Cox's Bazar. Despite the welcome they have received in Bangladesh, many are now struggling to foresee a future for themselves.

Of them, 0.7 million fled their homes in the restive Rakhine state of Myanmar to Bangladesh through land, and river borders after facing persecution from Myanmar army, and local Buddhists in September 2017. 

They joined 0.4 million existing Rohingyas refugees who fled during the persecution carried out by Myanmar army previously.

Rohingya refugees are still waiting for justice, and a say about their future, two years after being forced from their homes by mass atrocities in Myanmar, and are stressed for safety, and dignity in Bangladesh as refugees.

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