Myanmar’s act of taking back one Rohingya refugee family of five and calling it “repatriation” is nothing but an act of misdirection, and does not address the real problem.
Consider the facts: More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August, and to make a song and dance about one single family out of the hundreds of thousands still stranded in Bangladesh and in no man’s land is an insult to their suffering.
To make matters worse, the family taken back was provided with national verification cards which do not even give them full citizen status, and limits their rights.
Furthermore, the move cannot even be claimed as repatriation as the family was taken from no man’s land, and had never made it to Bangladesh.
It has become clear that this is nothing but a public stunt meant to dupe the international community into thinking that Myanmar has any genuine interest in repatriation.
In truth, it is clear that Myanmar has no such intention.
Repeated infractions on Myanmar’s part attest to the fact, such as the constant filibustering of the repatriation process via excuses, unreasonable demands, and an overall disrespect for Bangladesh and whatever diplomatic ties Myanmar might share with us.
This is nothing more than a farce, and Bangladesh, as well as the international community, should be aware of this fact.
Myanmar must know that generating a false narrative based on the pseudo-repatriation of one family will not fool anyone.
Until Myanmar addresses the persecution and violence that continues to this day against the Rohingya community, the world will not be satisfied.