Process of repatriation of displaced Myanmar residents from Bangladesh

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  • Process of repatriation of Myanmar residents who fled Rakhine State to Bangladesh will be launched on 23rd January 2018. The process was signed at the ministerial-level meeting between Myanmar and Bangladesh on 23rd November 2017, with the task of receiving the displaced Myanmar residents from Bangladesh to be launched at exactly two months after signing.
    In implementing the process, two repatriation camps on Myanmar side will perform the tasks of accepting returnees five days per week. Those who will come back through land route will be accepted at the Taungpyoletwe camp, while those returning via water way to be accepted at Ngakhuya camp whereas Hla Pho Khaung camp will be used as the transit camp. On the Bangladesh side, there will be 5 transit camps, it was learnt.
    This is, in fact, the program of accepting by making them fill the forms systematically, displaced Myanmar residents from Bangladesh after the events of terrorist attacks on 9th October 2016 and 25th August 2017, in accord with the agreement signed at the ministerial level meeting between the two countries. At the meeting, Myanmar authorities provided the Bangladesh authorities with a list of 508 Hindus from Myanmar who were displaced to Bangladesh, as well as a list of 750 Muslims who had already been scrutinized, it was learnt.
    Concerning the Rakhine State affair, people have been well convinced of the actual situations. Yet, the international communities had been found to have put pressure on Myanmar on the wrong pretext of international standards of human rights. The affair of exodus of displaced people amounting to several hundred thousand to the other side is in fact too complicated. Some global media had severely criticized Myanmar for going slow with the repatriation work. Whatever it is, the programs to be performed in a two-month period as decided by both countries in accord with Myanmar’s rules and laws are rather reasonable.
    The major standards for receiving returnees are in agreement with the frameworks officially signed by both countries on 23rd November 2017. Those applying for repatriation need to provide some sort of evidence of having resided in Myanmar. Evidences include White Card issued earlier and National Verification Cards [NVCs] issued later. Another kind of evidence is form 10 which verifies members of the family. There is also a matter of split families, as well as their children. If the Bangladesh court provides recommendation they will be considered for repatriation. Concerning orphans, whose parents have died, they must show the evidence that their parents had lived in Myanmar.
    Rakhine State affair is of great importance. With the acceptance program, Myanmar Government is implementing peaceful co-existence among social communities, regional peace and stability, and economic development of the Rakhine State, helping in growing winter crops, building dwelling places systematically and making international communities and media free from misunderstanding.
    Last but not least, we urge all to wholeheartedly join for the success of the systematic repatriation process which will commence in January 2018.
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