Agreement Between Bangladesh And Myanmar

Myanmar`s government signed an agreement in June with UNHCR, which would cooperate with the United Nations to create “safe and dignified” conditions for the rohingya`s return to Rakhine, including security, freedom of movement and the path to citizenship. None of these assurances have yet been made by the Myanmar government and UNHCR has had only limited access to Rakhine State. Tuesday`s bilateral deal in Dhaka came less than a week after a senior UN investigator warned that genocide of the ethnic minority was still underway in Rakhine, the country of origin of Myanmar`s Rohingya minority. Neighbouring Bangladesh and Myanmar have had generally cordial relations under the Burmese military junta, although the presence of more than 270,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has often been a major nuisance. Bangladeshi civil society and political class have often stood in solidarity with Myanmar`s pro-democracy struggle. However, Bangladesh has made efforts to increase trade and road and rail networks with Myanmar in order to strengthen economic relations between the two countries. [1] On October 7, 1998, between three and five Bangladeshi fishermen were killed by Burmese naval forces off St. Martin Island. [5] The agreement applies to Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh in October 2016 and August 2017 following attacks by a Rohingya militant group on police stations. We welcome the agreements on the practical organization of the repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, which were reached at the first meeting of the Myanmar-Bangladesh Joint Working Group on 15 and 16 January in Naypyidaw. UN officials have condemned an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start repatriating Rohingya refugees, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Refugees confirmed they had not been consulted on the plan.

Last November, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement that provides for the process to begin until January 22, 2018. The agreement states that repatriation must be “voluntary, safe and dignified.” Sirajul Mostofa, a community leader at a camp at Cox`s Bazaar, told the BBC: “We are still not sure which deal has been signed…

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