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"Rohingya refugees do not have environment to return home"

A Rohingya mother and child fleeing from Myanmar in 2017. Source: AAP

Amid recurring military crackdowns and atrocities devastated Rohingya people fled from Myanmar in significant numbers to neighbouring Bangladesh. Two years on, diplomatic efforts have failed so far to send Rohingya people back to their land. As some refugees opted to drug business as well as deadly assault towards locals which left them frustrated and angered, a complex situation is prevailing in that region. Bangladeshi-Australian and academics Mr Salahuddin Ahmed of Dept of environment, land, water and planning, Victoria State Government and Mr Mohshin Habib, Lecturer Dept. of Strategy, International business and Etrepreneurship of Swinburn University have been working on Rohingya issues for several years. They speak to SBS Bangla regarding this situation.

Mr Salahuddin Ahmed said the Rohingya gatherings and protests were a threat to the region. He thinks some vested interest groups are trying to provoke them by taking advantage of this complex situations.

"Bangladesh has somewhat failed to involve other countries in tackling the Rohingya situation."

Bangladehi Migrant, Salahuddin Ahmed, Rohingya Situation
Salahuddin Ahmed
Salahuddin Ahmed

"By comparison, Myanmar is ahead of Bangladesh in diplomatic relations."

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Mr Mohsin Habib said the Rohingya people want the assurance of their citizenship and other rights before returning to their homes.

Bangladehi Migrant, Mohshin Habib, Rohingya Situation
Mohshin Habib

Referring to the authorities who would place them in the Internal Disposal Camp or IDC when they returned to Myanmar, Mr Mohsin said, "Those camps are controlled by their troops, they have no rights, they have only some basic food supply, they have no means of socialization or a way to get out; no educational opportunities; these have come in the international media. "

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