On Thursday (8 June 2023) around 10 am, Rohingyas in various camps of Cox’s Bazar held rallies in demand to ensure repatriation after implementation of all facilities including their civil rights in Myammar.
While addressing in the rally, Jamalida said, “I lodged three complaints in International Court of Justice (ICJ). Such as- on October 16 of 2016, Myanmar military killed my husband, they threw infants to fire in front of our eyes, and the Myanmar military took me and four more women, and raped us in gang.”
The genocide survivor Jamalida also said that on 20 October, she disclosed everything to Miss Yang Hlee and Myanmar official U Mya. For which Myanmar military targeted to kill her. Finally, she was compelled to escape the killing.
“In 2017 the honorable Prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited the camps and talked to me. She consoled me by saying, “I am well known what happened on you. You are like my siblings. So I drew you to my chest. I will not send you back to Myanmar until culprits come under justice and your civil rights would be fulfilled,” she further said.
“During the first visit of U Mya led Myanmar delegation to camp, U Mya asked me if we were agree to go back to Myanmar. In response I told to U Mya that we are agree to go to our native land Rakhine state if get facilities including civil rights like other ethnics in Myanmar. Before our return to Myanmar, the people in IDP camps should be relocated to their respective home land. Hearing my response, U Mya said that we have to hold NVC card and stay in their newly constructed camps,” Jamalida said.
“Last year we got $12 per capita in food aid from WFP, now we are getting $8 in food aid. It is known that the amount of food aid will decrease further. The United Nations we don’t want food aid from you we want to go back to our own motherland. So please help us to a quick repatriation”, a Rohingya youth said.
“Almost Six years have passed since the exodus of 2017. How many days will we remain stateless? How many days will we be deprived of universal human rights? We no longer want to remain stateless. We are gravely anxious about the future of us and our future generation. We want to return to our motherland Arakan in Myanmar. We want to live in Myanmar as citizens with proper rights. So, we are earnestly urging the world leaders and communities to come forward and help us to quick repatriation, return to our homeland Myanmar and to live in Myanmar with proper rights.”
Every speaker expressed gratefulness to the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) for providing them shelter on humanitarian ground. They also thanked to the UN and other concerned organizations for providing them with food, shelter and other support.
They also said Bangladesh is not their country. They want to return to their homeland Myanmar. During 2017-18, several agreements were signed by Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and the UN. But, till now no visible and effective progress has been made to repatriate them to Myanmar.