None of the refugees wished to return to Myanmar.
The failure of the second attempt to begin repatriating the Rohingyas has once again exposed Myanmar’s lack of sincerity, experts said.
Rohingyas say Myanmar has not taken into consideration any of their core demands — guarantee of citizenship, recognition as an ethnic community, ensuring safety in Rakhine and other basic rights that they have been denied since 1982. Until these conditions are met, the Rohingyas will not be willing to go back.
The issues were raised time and again by rights groups, but nothing has been done.
“Myanmar is not serious at all. They are playing diplomacy and Bangladesh has fallen into its trap,” Prof Imtiaz Ahmed of International Relations at Dhaka University told The Daily Star yesterday.
The most crucial thing Myanmar needs to do before repatriation is amend its 1982 law, which stripped the Rohingy