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Expediting repatriation requires support

Only through the application of all around insistence can we expect the Rohingya to be repatriated

Update : 07 Oct 2022, 10:22 PM

The Rohingya refugee crisis has gone on for long enough for the solution to this issue to have become crystal clear -- repatriation.  The situation has also gone on long enough to make it clear that authorities of Myanmar have no interest in such a solution, and the only way that the refugees can get justice is through regional and international cooperation. 


As such, our plan of reaching out to the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) for their support in repatriation of the Rohingya population is a step in the right direction. 


This is especially important given the fact that while Myanmar is a prominent member of the bloc, its leadership was frozen out of the recent summit following the return of a military junta. 


Bangladesh has been sheltering over a million Myanmar nationals since the mass exodus of Rohingya from Rakhine State in 2017, but the situation is quickly spiraling out of hand. 


Crime has been on the rise in the camps due to an absence of integration. Extremist activities have also increased to the point where murder of different Rohingya individuals have risen in numbers in the past months. The recent border tension with Myanmar has also made it easier for the chaos of the refugee camps to spiral out of control. All in all, we need to commence repatriation, and we need to do it now. 


Reaching out to Asean is a wise move. We must also reach out to leaders around the world. International bodies like the UN are already taking steps against Myanmar and Western countries have shown their support towards the cause of repatriation. We need support from Eastern countries as well. 


Only through the application of all around insistence can we expect the Rohingya to be repatriated, and be recognized as the rightful citizens of their homeland. 

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