Cox’s Bazar Correspondent: Approximately 2,50,877 Rohingya refugees from Northern and Western Arakan State, Burma fled to Bangladesh owing to harsh persecution of Burmese military junta in 1991-1992.
Those persecuted refugees were provided shelter by Bangladesh government in different camps under Cox’s Bazar district. Later, in 1994 about 2, 36, 599 refugees were repatriated to Burma under tripartite agreement process where the situation was not conducive and the refugees were not accorded as citizens of Burma as well for which all of them came back to Bangladesh just after their repatriation.
The situation of Rohingya is being deteriorated day by day as they are not still recognized as citizens as one of the ethnic minority of Burma, like other minority groups. The human rights violation, particularly against Rohingya is still continued despite the transition government established in Burma.
Now there are more than 31,751 Rohingya refugees in both Kutupalong and Nayapara camps who have been living inhuman lives in slums in Bangladesh for decades who are neither able to return to their mother land, Burma due to denial of their citizenship rights and human rights violations against them nor rehabilitate them in Bangladesh.
A refugee elderly man said,” It has become intolerable to live in slums for decades where they don’t see any future for their children who don’t have the rights to formal education in the camps. We should not be confined in camps like in detention for decades because we are also human beings like others living in the world”.
Therefore, the Rohingya refugees staged a peaceful demonstration in Kutupalong refugee camp on 7th of May, 2016 and urged Bangladesh, United Nations and International Communities to be sincere towards the solution of refugees long standing issues and to play the mandatory roles of UNHCR and make sincere attempt for their urgent durable solution in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd country as they don’t want to be refugees any more, said a refugee leader.