Rohingya Rejection Ruins Bangladesh Repatriation Effort

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Rohingya refugees shout slogans at a protest against a disputed repatriation programme at the Unchiprang refugee camp near Teknaf, Bangladesh on Thursday. — AFP

Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner went to a border transit point for the scheduled handover. But no Rohingya were present to be put on a bus across the river that marks the frontier.

COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH — Frightened and angry Rohingya refugees on Thursday forced Bangladesh to call off efforts to start sending back some of the hundreds of thousands of the stateless Muslims to Myanmar, casting fresh doubt on a disputed repatriation programme.

Hundreds staged a demonstration near the Myanmar border shouting “we will not go” on the day the first batch were due to be sent back.

More than 720,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh after a military crackdown in August 2017 that the United Nations (UN) has said calls for a genocide investigation.

Many brought horrific tales of murder, rape and razed villages and vowed never to return.

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