Asia Desk, Staff Reporter, Apon Chowdhury, Dhaka Office: Alltimenews.com:- Over 1,000,000 Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh, Bangladesh has counted more than 1,000,000 Rohingya refugees dwelling in camps close to the border with Myanmar, better than preceding estimates, the top of its registration project said Wednesday as preparations for their return were given under manner, reports AFP.
The Bangladesh military began biometric registering of the refugees remaining yr after the today’s mass inflow of Rohingya from Myanmar, wherein the Muslim minority have faced a long time of persecution.
The registration is aimed in part at aiding repatriation of the refugees — a debatable trouble as maximum say they do no longer want to return.
Bangladesh says it wants to start sending them home subsequent week and has reached an preliminary agreement with Myanmar to finish the process within two years.
“So far we’ve registered 1,004,742 Rohingya. They are given biometric registration cards,” stated Saidur Rahman, a brigadier standard with the Bangladesh army who heads the Rohingya registration challenge.
Several thousand more haven’t begun to be registered, he stated.
The figures are better than the ones provided by means of the UN, which estimates there are 962,000 Rohingya residing in southeast Bangladesh, close to the Myanmar border.
That includes the 655,000 the UN estimates have entered the u . S . A . Seeing that August 25, when the Myanmar army launched a violent crackdown in Rakhine kingdom following assaults by means of Rohingya militants.
Doctors Without Borders has stated at the least 6,seven-hundred Rohingya Muslims have been killed within the first month of the crackdown.
Refugees in Bangladesh have alleged mass rape and enormous arson at the fingers of infantrymen and the Buddhist majority in Rakhine.
Some of the refugees had been dwelling in Bangladesh for many years, but the repatriation settlement only covers those who have arrived since October 2016.
The sides stated on Tuesday they’ve agreed to complete the repatriation inside a -yr duration, the first concrete timeline given for the refugees’ go back.
Rights corporations have expressed worries approximately the tempo of the procedure, specially as Rohingya are still fleeing Rakhine.
“With memories of rape, killing and torture nevertheless clean in the minds of Rohingya refugees, plans for his or her return to Myanmar are alarmingly untimely,” James Gomez, Amnesty International’s regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said on Tuesday.
“The obfuscation and denials of the Myanmar authorities give no cause to hope that the rights of returning Rohingya would be covered, or that the motives for his or her unique flight now not exist.”
Asia Desk, Alltimenews.com