Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that Myanmar is delaying implementation of the bilateral agreements signed in the face of pressure from the international community, including the UN, to take back its displaced Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.
“Though Myanmar signed agreements in the face of pressure from the international community, including the United Nations, they’re procrastinating over implementing these,” she said replying to a starred question from Awami League MP Rumana Ali (Reserved Seat-14).
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has sent information of 55,511 Rohingyas to Myanmar for verification. But the Myanmar authorities sent back a list with names of only part of them identifying as their nationals.
The Rohingya repatriation was supposed to first begin on November 15, 2018 and then on August 22, 2019, she said, adding that it has not been possible to start the repatriation process despite having all sorts of preparations as Rohingyas did not agree to return to Rakhine State.
The Prime Minister said it has been noticed that Rohingyas are scared of returning to Rakhine state.
She cited some reasons for not starting the repatriation process.
The reasons include lack of improvement of security conditions in Rakhine state, not conducting verification process on the basis of full families of Rohingyas by the Myanmar authorities, uncertainty over returning of Rohingyas to their own houses or villages as well as getting back their assets there, lack of specific assurance over free movement and rights to livelihood, political and citizen rights of Rohingya there and the overall not creating conducive environment for safety and dignity of Rohingyas in Rakhine state.