Bangladesh urges Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees
|A scene at the Kutupalong refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. Photo: David Swanson/IRIN|
October 24, 2015
Bangladeshi’s Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah has urged Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh, according to a report by the Financial Express on 23 October.
He made the call during a meeting with the chairman of the International Relation Committee of the Pyithu Hluttaw Hla Myint Oo on the side-lines of the 133rd Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Switzerland on Wednesday.
In reply to the call, Hla Myint Oo assured him that necessary steps would be taken in this regard soon after discussions with the Myanmar government, according to a Parliament Secretariat handout.
According to the UN refugee agency, there are 200,000 to 500,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh with only 32,355 of them registered and living in the Kutupalong and Nayapara camps in Cox’s Bazar.
Despite repeated calls from Bangladesh, Myanmar authorities have not responded positively to taking back Rohingya refugees from Rakhine state, the report said.