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Rohingyas demand return to Myanmar

Published : 19 Jun 2022 09:35 PM | Updated : 20 Jun 2022 02:25 PM
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Rohingyas organized ‘Go Home Campaign’ demonstrations in 34 camps in Ukhia and Teknaf in Cox's Bazar demanding repatriation to their homeland in Myanmar.

On Sunday, the rally started at 8 am at the designated place of Rohingya Camps 9, 14, 13, 18, 2 West, 1 West, 4 and 16 in Ukhia. The Rohingyas from the adjoining camps took part in the protests in processions. 

The Rohingyas urged the world community to ensure safe return to their homeland. Rohingyas participated in the protest under the slogan 'Back to Home'.

Rohingya leader Muhibullah was shot dead by miscreants on September 29, 2021, while he was leading a procession on August 25, 2019 with the same demand.

However, although no single organizer or leader of this year's rally came forward, the pamphlet mentions the persecuted Rohingya people as the organizers.

The Rohingya demanded repatriation of every Rohingya to the villages of Arakan in a short period of time under an agreement. They demanded involvement of  the United States, United Nations, OIC, the United Kingdom, European Union, NGOs and Bangladesh in the repatriation process. Their demands also include abolition of Burmese Citizenship Act 1972, return of property, right to live independently.

Majhi Mohammad Hossain, head of Rohingya Camp No. 4 in Ukhia, said, "We want safe repatriation and we hope that the logical demands of Rohingyas raised through this year's rally will be taken to the international arena."

"We want to return to Myanmar with dignity and respect," said Qin Mong, president of the Rohingya Youth Association. We are grateful that the government of Bangladesh has set a human example giving us shelter.

Additional Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Samchu-Ddouja said the Rohingyas expressed their desire to return home. Their peaceful activities are not being hampered, but so far no large gatherings or demonstrations of Rohingyas have been allowed without forming human chains, he said.

APBN's Additional Superintendent of Police (Media) Kamran Hossain, who is in charge of law and order in the camp, said protests took place in different parts of the camp. The APBN has always been active in controlling the law and order in the camp area and ensuring overall security.

In 2016, the Rohingya citizens of Myanmar were tortured and forcibly deported to Bangladesh due to the heinous atrocities of the Myanmar army, which is considered as the most horrific exodus of Rohingyas in history. Persecuted Rohingyas raised 19-point of demand to international community through peaceful human chain.

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