State minister: No visible progress in Rohingya repatriation

USAID delegation satisfied with Rohingya management in Cox’s Bazar, says Md Enamur Rahman

No visible progress has been made in the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman said on Tuesday.

“We had a meeting last month and a list of Rohingyas was provided to Myanmar. The Myanmar authorities received the list. So far, we have provided lists of 35,000 Rohingyas but they have yet to inform us about how many people they will receive,” he said.

Enamur made the statement while talking to reporters after a meeting with Nicholas Koumjian, head of Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM), at the Secretariat.

The IIMM chief came here to investigate the torture on Rohingyas by Myanmar security forces before they fled to Bangladesh and he also sought assistance of the refugee relief and repatriation commissioner in Cox's Bazar to collect statements from victim Rohingyas, he said.

“We also assured him of providing all necessary support,” he added.

However, Nicholas also said they will work to gain international support to send back Rohingyas to their home land with rights and safety.

Referring to another meeting with a delegation of USAID, Enamur said the delegation expressed satisfaction over the management of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar.

Enamur also requested the USAID delegation to take effective steps so that the other UN organizations like the UNHCR and WFP start their activities for Rohingyas in Bhasan Char.