The task force committee is fully prepared for the repatriation of the first batch of Rohingyas to Myanmar on Aug 22, said a committee member.
The task force committee, led by Chattogram Additional Divisional Commissioner Nurul Alam Nezami, held an emergency meeting at the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation commissioner’s office in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday (Aug 18).
“We have completed all the necessary preparations,” he said and added that only a few last minute things were being taken care of.
According to Reuters, Myanmar has agreed to the repatriation of 3,450 Rohingyas on Aug 22, while Bangladesh officials maintained that no refugee would be forcefully sent back to Myanmar.
Bangladesh and Myanmar were supposed to start the repatriation process on Nov 15 of last year but failed as the Rohingyas refused to go back.
A repatriation centre was also built by River Naaf but none of the refugees showed any willingness to return.
More than 700,000 Rohingyas fled a sweeping army crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017 and as of 2019, Bangladesh is currently housing over a million refugees.
The Rohingyas alleged that soldiers and local Buddhists massacred families, burned hundreds of villages, and carried out gang rapes.